Time Traveler

Time Traveler

In Search of Dinosaurs and Ancient Mammals From Montana to Mongolia

Book - 2002
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A paleontologist presents an account of how his childhood ferver for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to cutting-edge science, documenting his many adventures, from Los Angeles to the rich fossil badlands of the Gobi desert.

McMillan Palgrave
Hunting for fossils with a preeminent guide and teacher

Michael Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. Time Traveler is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. He takes us with him as he discovers fossils in his own backyard in Los Angeles, then goes looking for them in the high Andes, the black volcanic mountains of Yemen, and the incredibly rich fossil badlands of the Gobi desert.

Wherever Novacek goes he searches for still undiscovered evidence of what life was like on Earth millions of years ago. Along the way he has almost drowned, been stung by deadly scorpions, been held at gunpoint by a renegade army, and nearly choked in raging dust storms. Fieldwork is very demanding in a host of unusual, dramatic, sometimes hilarious ways, and Novacek writes of its alluring perils with affection and discernment. But Time Traveler also makes sense of many complex themes - about dinosaur evolution, continental drift, mass extinctions, new methods for understanding ancient environments, and the evolutionary secrets of DNA in fossil organisms. It is also an enthralling adventure story.


Book News
Paleontologist Novacek (American Museum of Natural History, New York) again proves himself to be an appealing writer with a reflective and accessible style. In this blend of memoir, adventure story, and science reporting, he talks about his own beginnings as a "dinosaur dreamer" during childhood in Los Angeles. He then covers political battles that shaped various expeditions across the globe; the pressing issues of paleontology; concepts like evolution, continental drift, mass extinctions, and scientific method; and the tediums and thrills of life in the field. He is also the author of Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs (1996). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Hunting for fossils with a preeminent guide and teacher Michael Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. Time Traveler is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. He takes us with him as he discovers fossils in his own backyard in Los Angeles, then goes looking for them in the high Andes, the black volcanic mountains of Yemen, and the incredibly rich fossil badlands of the Gobi desert. Wherever Novacek goes he searches for still undiscovered evidence of what life was like on Earth millions of years ago. Along the way he has almost drowned, been stung by deadly scorpions, been held at gunpoint by a renegade army, and nearly choked in raging dust storms. Fieldwork is very demanding in a host of unusual, dramatic, sometimes hilarious ways, and Novacek writes of its alluring perils with affection and discernment. But Time Traveler also makes sense of many complex themes - about dinosaur evolution, continental drift, mass extinctions, new methods for understanding ancient environments, and the evolutionary secrets of DNA in fossil organisms. It is also an enthralling adventure story.

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An internationally acclaimed paleontologist, who has unearthed significant fossils on almost every continent, presents a compelling account of how his childhood fervor for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to cutting-edge science, documenting his many adventures, from Los Angeles to the rich fossil badlands of the Gobi desert. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002
ISBN: 9780374278809
0374278806
Characteristics: x, 368 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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