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They would have had huge heads with very large, saberlike teeth, large lizard eyes, no visible ears, and perhaps a mixture of reptilian scales and tufts of mammalian hair.... The Gorgons ruled a world of animals that were but one short evolutionary step away from being mammals.
With characteristic enthusiasm, Ward transports readers with him to South Africa's Karoo desert, where he participated in field expeditions seeking fossils of these fearsome creatures. He suffers routine tick patrols, puff-adder avoidance lessons, stultifying thirst, and the everyday humiliations of being the new guy on a field team. Besides telling a fascinating paleological story, Gorgon lets readers feel a bone-hunter's passion and pain. --Therese Littleton
I've only just started reading this book, but even in the first few chapters, the author repeatedly uses an term that is completely wrong - "mammal-like reptile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MSTie Rodan
I found this book tucked away in my eldest's library. Intrigued by the picture of a seeming cross between a reptile and a saber-toothed tiger on the cover (also that catchy title),... Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Big Breeze
I had to buy three copies of this book, nobody would believe me, so I gave it as presents. There were a lot of crazy critters out there in the last 4.567 billion years. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Schnozzly
A quarter of a billion years ago, the mass extinctions observed in the sediments studies by the author of this book could have been the result of a series of cosmic pulses of... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Bruce P. Barten
Nice account of the hunt for fossils in the Karoo desert in south africa in the search of an explanation for the Permian/Triassic extinction. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Mike Verbeeck
Science books are pretty much susceptible to their times, and the early 2006 discovery of a huge crater in Antarctic Wilkes Land, which may have been four to five times the size of... Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by Cosmoetica
The age of the creatures that predated the dinosaurs--the protomammals and their ilk--is a fascinating and little-known chapter in the history of life on earth, and I was... Read morePublished on June 9, 2008 by Jim Palmer
I ordered this book used but it came in perfect condition. I had been reading a library copy but it was two weeks overdue. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by K. Cantrell
By now, almost everyone must be familiar with the discovery of the iridium concentrations at the K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary, and the Chicxulub impact crater, first reported... Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by ealovitt