Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You: The Life and Times of Earl Douglass, 1862-1931

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug 7, 2009 - Science - 449 pages
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"Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You" is a book that tells the story of Earl Douglass, a paleontologist who made a remarkable discovery of Jurassic dinosaur bones one hundred years ago. Written by his only son, Gawin, the book includes many, never-before published, excerpts from the diaries which Earl kept for forty-seven years of his life, beginning in 1884. It tells of the pleasures and sorrows, financial problems and successes of one man's life, dedicated to science and a search for truth. On a field expedition for the Carnegie Museum during the summer of 1909 Douglass made his famous discovery near Jensen, Utah, an area which was later set aside as Dinosaur National Monument. This discovery late in August, kept him working in Utah, living in tents with his wife and 18-month old son throughout one of the coldest winters on record for that area. The book also contains many photographs taken by Douglass during this period showing excavation and shipment of the bones.

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Gawin Earl Douglass (1908-1998) was the only child of Earl Douglass, a paleontologist who made an outstanding discovery of dinosaur bones in the early 1900's. Gawin grew up, from the age of 18 months, in a tent camp, and later a log home, close to the site where his father made his discovery. The quarry, near Jensen, Utah, later was set aside as Dinosaur National Monument. Because his formative years were spent so close to nature, Gawin developed a deep love of the out-of-doors and always enjoyed camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. He also taught these same values to his own children, two daughters, by example. Gawin was self-taught on several subjects and of necessity, in order to support his mother and family, he became a mining engineer. After his retirement from a California gold-dredging company in 1960, he began to go through his father's diaries and wrote this book. The diaries and writings of Earl Douglass are cited extensively throughout and are the basis for his text

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