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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875650112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875650111
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. T. Bird, as he was called, made spectacular finds of dinosaur remains in the West during the 1930s. In later years he recalled the excitement of the finds; the dangers, frustrations, and fun of the camps; the brilliance of Brown, for many years curator of vertebrate paleontology of the American Museum of Natural History; and the drudgery of assembling the fragments to create some of the most spectacular displays in the world. Bird was a natural writ erdirect, understated, often witty. A concise introduction to vertebrate pale ontology, careful editing, and skillful captioning under the many photographs and drawings contribute to a lively vol ume for anyone interested in fossil- hunting in general and dinosaurs in par ticular. A good choiece for special collections and public and high school libraries. Walter C. Allen, GSLIS, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Bird on September 18, 2007
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While the legendary R.T. travelled across the US and Mexico on his Harley (with camper sidecar), he kept his eyes open for curious objects. After years showing prize dairy cattle, he started his paleontological career with the finding of a new and special amphibian fossil. He ws soon mapping the mass of dinosaur bones at the Howe Quarry site for the famous Barnum Brown of the American Museum of Natural History, and continued that association while searching for foot prints of dinosaurs. This eventually led to Glen Rose, Texas where there were reports of large, three-toed tracks on and in the Paluxy River. While clearing some of these for photographing, he discovered that some large pits close by were really tracks of a creature with feet 38 inches long. A sauropod, the first ever so attributed! This book recounts many of this great man's finds and travails, a readable account certainly worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Prechter on August 23, 2013
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I wish this book was still in print. I'm adding it to my collection of great books to own. A vibrant autobiographical description of the exciting life of a young man, untrained but curious, who has the great good luck to find an important fossil and eventually becomes an assistant to the renowned paleontologist Barnum Brown of the AMNH. He writes well, with colorful language. I bought a second copy to send to my young niece and nephew since their own dad is a scientist.
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By ScottF on November 19, 2014
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As a young man traveling the country by motorcycle he stopped for the evening in the desert and found a fossil skull of an extinct salamander like creature. This so excited his imagination that he made up his mind to become a fossil hunter. He sent the partial skull to his father who brought it to the attention of the renowned dinosaur hunter Barnum Brown. Brown recognized it as an as yet unknown species and asked where the rest of the skull was. Bird returned to the site many months later and found the rest of the skull. This led to Bird meeting and eventually coming to work for Brown at the American Museum of Natural History.

Over the years Bird took part in many important digs, most notably the discovery and excavation of the Dinosaur Trackway in the Paluxy River in Texas. The first known Sauropod trackway.

This book is Bird's accounting of his adventures, and "adventures" is the correct word. The book is very readable, even hard to set aside. It conveys the adventure, excitement and fun of scientific discovery as well as any book I have read.

It is well worth your time and money.
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