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African Dinosaurs Unearthed

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<P>From 1907 to 1931 at Tendaguru, a remote site in present-day Tanzania, teams of German (and later British) paleontologists unearthed 220 tons of fossils, including the bones of a new dinosaur, one of the largest then known. For decades the mounted skeleton of this giant, Brachiosaurus, was the largest skeleton of a land animal on exhibit in the world. The dinosaur and other animal fossils found at Tendaguru form one of the cornerstones of our understanding of life in the Mesozoic era. Visited sporadically during the ’30s and ’40s, Tendaguru again became the site of scientific interest late in the 20th century. African Dinosaurs Unearthed tells the story of driven scientific adventurers working under difficult conditions and often paying the price with their health—and sometimes with their lives. Set against the background of a troubled century, the book reveals how scientific endeavors were carried on through war and political turmoil, and continue into the present day. </P>
<P>Preliminary Table of Contents:<BR>Preface<BR>1. 1907: Fraas and Something Curious in the African Bush <BR>2. 1908: Von Branca and a Matter of National Honour<BR>3. 1909: Janensch, Hennig, and a Cemetery of Giants<BR>4. 1909-1910: Geology in the Rain and Comets, Stegosaurs, and Iguanodonts<BR>5. 1911: Along the Railway and Expansion, Exhaustion, and Completion?<BR>6. 1911-1912: A Museum Overflows - The Recks find Iguanodonts, Pterosaurs, and a Fossilized Forest<BR>7. 1913-1918: Fresh Discoveries and a Bitter War<BR>8. 1919-1924: The British Museum in Tanganyika Territory<BR>9. 1924-1925: Cutler, Leakey, and a Difficult Start<BR>10. 1925: Berlin Builds Dinosaurs<BR>11. 1925: A Death in Africa<BR>12. 1925: Migeod - A New Recruit <BR>13. 1925-1926: An Expedition Saved <BR>14. 1926-1927: Berlin in Chaos and Parkinson Reviews Stratigraphy <BR>15. 1927-1929: Kenyan Interlude, Geology at Tendaguru, and Desperate Finances <BR>16. 1929: Migeod Returns <BR>17. 1930: Migeod and Parrington, Tendaguru and Nyasaland <BR>18. 1931-1939: Hennig Returns and Berlin's Museum Triumphs <BR>19. 1939-1976: Destruction and Renewal <BR>20. 1971-2001: Russell to Africa, Brachiosaurus to Tokyo, Berlin to Tendaguru<BR>21. A Significant Contribution <BR>Notes<BR>References<BR>Index</P>

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