A Gathering of Wonders

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 10, 2000 - Travel - 288 pages
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Since it was founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has stood as one of the world's greatest repositories of scientific information and investigation. This delightful book takes us behind the exhibits and shows us some of the great researchers and fabulous objects from the Museum's past and present, ranging through every department and focusing on fabulous tales and fascinating objects, both small and large, including:

* the famous Oviraptor eggs unearthed in the Gobi desert.
* the stunning new Hall of Biodiversity, whose trees hold 411,000 model leaves
* the 563-carat Star of India sapphire and the 632-carat Patricia emerald
* Katharine Burden's hunt for the Komodo dragon : "Women Huntress Revolts Against Playing Safe---Kills Huge 'Malay Dragon' "
* the epic saga of the huge blue whale model

This book offers a backstage tour through the halls and history of the Museum, venturing into ornithology, invertebrates, zoology, entomology, herpetology, and other disciplines, celebrating the treasures and the scientists responsible for bringing them to the light of day. Museum-goers will find their enjoyment enhanced by the wonderful anecdotes and insights, and armchair travelers will find the back-scenes tour enriching and enlightening.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Specter of Extinction
7
2 Evolutions Clay
45
3 Messengers From the Worlds Wild Places
72
4 The Original Creation Tale
100
5 Tiny Glories of Biodiversity
125
6 Stories of Stasis and Change
146
7 The Life and Times of the Ancient World
170
8 The Front Lines of Conservation
209
9 Stories of Human Diversity
244
Index
277
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Joseph Wallace has written numerous books on science and natural history, including The American Museum of Natural History's Book of Dinosaurs and Other Ancient Creatures, The Arctic, and The Deep Sea. An adventurer at heart, he has been menaced by leopards in the midst of African game parks, canoed through rainforests, and even stumbled upon the wreck of a World War II fighter jet in Papua, New Guinea during the course of his career as a writer. He lives with his family in New York State.

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