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The First Fossil Hunters – Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times (Anglais) Broché – 5 avril 2011

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The First Fossil Hunters Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants - these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. This title shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact. Full description

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très vivant, très accessible, original et sûr, de l'humour (dès le titre "les premiers chasseurs de fossiles"). Une vision neuve de la formation des mythes grecs et de l'invention des monstres qui les peuplent...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant piece of scholarly detective work, beautifully written. 11 octobre 2011
Par Susan E. Wood - Publié sur
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Whether your passion is classical archaeology, paleontology, folklore, ancient literature, ancient history or the history of science, or if you just enjoy seeing a brilliant piece of interdisciplinary scholarship convincingly argued, this book is a MUST. Mayor has connected the dots between disciplines that do not communicate with each other nearly enough, to find the origins of mythical griffins, giants and monsters in the fossil records of Asia, Greece, and Egypt. Our early ancestors were far more observant and curious than we sometimes give them credit for being; they could see the same fossils that modern paleontologists have seen of Protoceratops Andrewsii in the Gobi desert. And they could create imaginative reconstructions of the living animals, just as we do in natural history museums today. Nomadic gold prospectors of central Asia intuited the connection between dinosaurs and birds long before modern paleontology did, and for all we know, Protoceratops may well have had feathers rather than scales. In Greece and Egypt, dinosaur fossils are unknown but finds of prehistoric mammal bones are fairly common -- in fact, one extinct mammal, the Samothere, bears the name of the Greek island where its bones were first identified. Ancient historians frequently mention remarkable discoveries of enormous bones, usually identified by the finders as the relics of giants or ancient heroes. These discoveries correspond closely with the locations of fossil deposits.

Mayor has done profound, exhaustive research in a variety of fields, and presents meticulously documented evidence for her theories, but the book reads as entertainingly as a good detective novel, and is just as accessible to the layman as to her fellow scholars. At the same time, Mayor never talks down to the reader or oversimplifies a complex subject. This is an exemplary work of interdisciplinary scholarship, written the way most scholars only wish we could write.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths,... Adrienne Mayor 9 janvier 2016
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I read and reread this book several times several years ago, but decided to add it to my Kindle collection, and read it again. This is an extremely important book for it documents and goes on to explain many of the myths told by ancient peoples. Moreover it clarifies many questions which have plagued researchers in the field. Adrienne Mayor is a truly fine writer, who keeps the reader on the edge of the chair as she reveals more and more about our mythical and evolutionary past. I have read every one of her books and thoroughly enjoyed every one. She is logical, a clear thinker and a wonderful writer. I cannot commend this book too highly.

Nate Lerner
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding 24 février 2012
Par Karl - Publié sur
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If ever I read a book that was more meticulously researched than this one, I don't recall it. Adrienne Mayor does an incredible job of piecing together a paleontological puzzle long hidden in mythical obscurity. The First Fossil Hunters is an academic marvel that connects ambiguous dots to draw a picture of fossil discoveries that underwent anthropomorphic and monstrous conversions to accommodate mythical belief and hero worship.

Mayor speaks to the average reader without dumbing down the narrative, or leaving the reader in esoteric limbo. One never wonders what she's trying to say, and all speculation is clearly defined without being weighed down by insistent presumption. The book is a joy to read, logical and well reasoned throughout. However, those who prefer to be entertained by childish monster stories, or prefer to look for the reality in myths, or cling to the foolish idea that there are living dinosaurs may find Mayor's book tediously disagreeable.

Much of the book covers ancient interest in fossils with the overlying message shining a bright light on a complete misunderstanding by the early finders of what those fossils truly represented. Prehistoric dinosaur bones became griffins, and mammoths became giants and heroes. Other bones were deceitfully arranged to create tritons, nereirdes, and centaurs to dupe the willing believers. A few modern day hoaxes are mentioned for comparison, as well as to support Mayor's findings.

Mayor's book subliminally touches on common sense and gullibility as it speculates and expounds on the whos, whats, whys, and wherefores of paleomythology. One can compare much of what she presents in her findings to modern day attitudes and interpretations.

Though Mayer states that her findings and sources are far from exhaustive, the reader would swear that she left no stone unturned. I felt she covered the subject with impressive thoroughness. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading Mayor's companion book about early fossil hunters in the Americas.

In short, this book was fantastic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Should be required reading. 7 octobre 2013
Par Wayne Drake - Publié sur
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Dr. Mayor takes a refreshing look at an old topic, fossils. Her case for the ancients believing in Griffins is very well stated and researched. It is easy to see how ancient people came across fossils that gave belief to this animal, an animal that never existed.
I especially admire that she often says that ancient people were not stupid. They were not making up fanciful stories, but filling in holes in the evidence they saw. Since the fossils they came across were often in areas where gold existed, the belief arose that they guarded the gold.
It always amazes me that we greatly admire so much about the ancients, their engineering feats, their philosophy, the creation of civilization, and yet believe they were fools who believed all kind of children's stories.
A very intriguing book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I've already read it and loved it. I already bought two other books from ... 5 août 2015
Par Mrs. Susan Guadarrama - Publié sur
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The book arrived in pristine condition. I've already read it and loved it. I already bought two other books from the author and look forward to reading them.
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