Dinosaurs of the flaming cliffs / Michael Novacek ; with illustrations by Ed Heck.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Novacek, Michael J.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Anchor Books, 1996.
Edition:1st Anchor Books ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1990, a team of paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History and the Mongolian State Museum began to explore the Gobi Desert for fossils; nearly 70 years had elapsed since the last American expedition, under Roy Chapman Andrews. Team leader Novacek, provost of science and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American museum recounts six years of fieldwork in a paleontological paradise. The banner year was 1993, when the team found a trove of dinosaurs, eggs, nests and early mammals, some new to science. It is an exciting story of adventure and discovery. The Gobi Desert is one of the earth's most hostile environments, with sandstorms and extreme heat, causing dehydration and exhaustion. Novacek interweaves chapters on the expedition with discussions of the importance of the fossil record; he takes us into the Cretaceous (140 million to 65 million years ago) in brief vignettes. In addition to his account of the expedition, Novacek has given us a brilliant introduction to paleontology. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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