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The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt: The Astonishing and Unlikely True Story of One of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Paleontological Discoveries

The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt: The Astonishing and Unlikely True Story of One of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Paleontological Discoveries

   

AUTHORS: 

  • William Nothdurft 

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (September 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375759794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375759796
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces


EDITORIAL REVIEWS

Review
“The sometimes perilous search for rare dinosaur bones can make for great adventures, as evidenced in The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt.” —Discover

“If you loved Indiana Jones, you’ll adore this tale of two dinosaur hunters whose expeditions to Egypt, separated by nearly a century of warfare and mystery, brought to light what may have been the largest creature that ever walked the earth.” —Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

“Told deftly and dramatically . . . The tale will keep you riveted as the Smith team unearths Stromer’s lost dinosaurs and the ‘giant near the sea’ rises again.” —The Providence Journal

“Fascinating material.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . Nothdurft is a science writer who weaves a brilliant and colorful tale.” —Newsday

Book Description
In 1911, Dr. Ernst Stromer led an expedition to Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis in the Sahara and discovered four new species of dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex–size predator Spinosaurus. But tragically, all his work was incinerated in 1944 during the Allied bombing of Munich.

In 1999, Josh Smith, then a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, took his brilliant, precocious team to Egypt under the direction of world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Peter Dodson and blundered onto an archaeological site that yielded awe-inspiring results: all of Dr. Stromer’s early findings, and also an entirely new genus of dinosaur, Paralititan stromeri, one of the largest creatures ever to inhabit the planet.

Inside Flap Copy
In 1911, Dr. Ernst Stromer led an expedition to Egypt's Bahariya Oasis in the Sahara and discovered four new species of dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex' size predator Spinosaurus. But tragically, all his work was incinerated in 1944 during the Allied bombing of Munich.

In 1999, Josh Smith, then a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, took his brilliant, precocious team to Egypt under the direction of world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Peter Dodson and blundered onto an archaeological site that yielded awe-inspiring results: all of Dr. Stromer's early findings, and also an entirely new genus of dinosaur, Paralititan stromeri, one of the largest creatures ever to inhabit the planet.

From the Back Cover
“The sometimes perilous search for rare dinosaur bones can make for great adventures, as evidenced in The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt.” —Discover

“If you loved Indiana Jones, you’ll adore this tale of two dinosaur hunters whose expeditions to Egypt, separated by nearly a century of warfare and mystery, brought to light what may have been the largest creature that ever walked the earth.” —Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

“Told deftly and dramatically . . . The tale will keep you riveted as the Smith team unearths Stromer’s lost dinosaurs and the ‘giant near the sea’ rises again.” —The Providence Journal

“Fascinating material.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . Nothdurft is a science writer who weaves a brilliant and colorful tale.” —Newsday

About the Author
William Nothdurft is the author, coauthor, or ghostwriter of nearly a dozen books, including the award-winning Ghosts of Everest, about the search for the missing mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Josh Smith served six years in the U.S. Army before getting his B.Sc. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in paleontology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor at Washington University.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Captivating story of discoveries and losses., September 21, 2005

The search for dinosaur fossils amid sandstorms and desert heat is anything but dry in this lively story of the excavation in January, 2000, of a site in the western Egyptian desert, partially excavated by Ernst Stromer in 1911, but untouched since then. Nothdurft, a professional writer, working in concert with Josh Smith, the young paleontologist who was the team leader of the January, 2000, dig, tells the stories of both the 1911 and the 2000 excavations, along with the fossil discoveries made by each group.

Stromer, a German aristocrat and meticulous paleontologist, found the fossils of four unique, 95-million-year-old dinosaurs in Bahariya in 1911, spent twenty years analyzing them, and then supervised the fossils' installation at the Bavarian State College of Paleontology and Historical Geology in Munich. In April, 1944, everything was lost in the allied bombing of Munich. The story of Stromer's efforts, now almost forgotten, alternates with that of Smith and his group of young Ph.D's from the University of Pennsylvania, who hope to find additional fossils in the same area in January, 2000.

Financed by a Los Angeles film company making a documentary, the crew ultimately unearths a 80 - 100 ton new dinosaur species, discovering in the process that at least two other equally gigantic dinosaur species shared space with this titan. How this desert area could support three such huge species becomes the question for the geologists on the trip, a mystery which Nothdurft imbues with immediacy and great excitement as they examine the confusing strata for clues.

Nothdurft excels in characterizing the paleontologists and geologists so that the reader can easily imagine participating in the dig along with them. His narrative is fast-paced and full of memorable detail--depictions of Bahariya, with its 130-degree heat and its scorpions, the excitement of the young researchers as they uncover new fossils, and their puzzlement at the paradoxes which unfold. With likeable researchers, and photos and drawings which make their discoveries come alive, this is a wonderful introduction to the challenges of on-site research, the scientific methods of the crew, and the respect with which they regard the past. Ultimately, even the almost-forgotten Ernst Stromer shares in their discoveries. Mary Whipple 

WONDERFUL stories, August 26, 2004

In essence, this is two stories about the discovery and then the rediscovery of dinosaur bones in the Western Desert of Egypt. Past and present are skillfully blended together, and the scientific mumbo-jumbo is kept to a minimum. Highly recommended.  

 


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