Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i>

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University of California Press, May 3, 2010 - Science - 384 pages
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From his stunning discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex one hundred years ago to the dozens of other important new dinosaur species he found, Barnum Brown led a remarkable life (1873–1963), spending most of it searching for fossils—and sometimes oil—in every corner of the globe. One of the most famous scientists in the world during the middle of the twentieth century, Brown—who lived fast, dressed to the nines, gambled, drank, smoked, and was known as a ladies’ man—became as legendary as the dinosaurs he uncovered. Barnum Brown brushes off the loose sediment to reveal the man behind the legend. Drawing on Brown’s field correspondence and unpublished notes, and on the writings of his daughter and his two wives, it discloses for the first time details about his life and travels—from his youth on the western frontier to his spying for the U.S. government under cover of his expeditions. This absorbing biography also takes full measure of Brown’s extensive scientific accomplishments, making it the definitive account of the life and times of a singular man and a superlative fossil hunter.
 

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Barnum Brown -- arguably the greatest dinosaur hunter of all time -- was hugely famous in his day, but is now almost entirely forgotten by the general public. Authors Lowell Dingus and Mark Norell ... Read full review

Contents

1 Child of the Frontier
1
2 Studentof Sorts
19
3 Apprentice Extraordinaire
38
Patagonia
59
5 To the Depths of Hell Creek
79
6 Love
97
7 Loss
111
8 The Canadian Dinosaur Bone Rush
128
14 Diggingand Flyingfor Dinosaurs
246
15 Toward the Golden Years
264
16 Brown as a Spy Movie Consultant and Showman at the Worlds Fair
285
Epilogue
296
Appendix One
304
Appendix Two
309
Appendix Three
312
Notes
315

9 Cuba Abyssinia and Other Intrigues
153
Raj India
174
Burma
198
Isle of Intrigue
208
13 Ancient Americans Hunting Bison? Birds as Dinosaurs?
227
Bibliography
343
Acknowledgments
351
Index
353
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Lowell Dingus is Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Mark A. Norell is Chair of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. Together with Eugene Gaffney, Dingus and Norell coauthored Discovering Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory (UC Press, winner of an American Library Association Award).

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