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The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

by William Nothdurft

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"The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt" tells the tale of a little known account in the history of dinosaur hunting. In part, it is the story of a luckless German paleontologist named Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach. On the eve of World War 1, he uncovered an amazing cache of Cretaceous-age dinosaurs, which he discovered in the Great Western Desert of Egypt. Encountering many problems, he eventually wrangled having the bones sent to Munich, only to have them destroyed by allied bombing in World War II. This is in part, the story of a man who lived his life upon the principles he believed in; it cost him dearly. Standing against Hitler and the Third Reich, ruined his reputation. It is also the story of Josh Smith, a paleontologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who found the story of Stromer and went to Egypt to attempt to recover the dinosaurs Stromer had lost. It is a story that keeps you turning pages long after you should have went to sleep. If you have any interest in the story of a real Indiana Jones, this is the read for you. My daughter bought this tome for, bless her, and it is a really good book. Read it! ( )
  robrod1 | Dec 5, 2012 |
I loved this book! I bought it a few years ago on a whim, and just now got around to reading it. First, it's the story of a paleontologist, Ernst Stromer, who made some amazing fossil discoveries in Egypt around the turn of the last century, only to have them destroyed during World War II. Second, it's the story of some modern paleontologists who return to the same desert hoping to replace some of the specimens that were destroyed, and not only the fossils they find, but another really cool discovery they make about the climate of the area back in the Cretaceous. Well-written and interesting, and this was a good time for me to read it, since I'm taking a paleontology class in school right now. Lots of the geological things they talk about in the book are parallel things I'm learning in class, which made it an especially interesting read. ( )
  herebedragons | Oct 8, 2010 |
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The date is January 11, 1911. A young German paleontologist, accompanied only by a guide, a cook, four camels, and a couple of camel drivers, reaches the lip of the vast Bahariya Depression after a long trek across the bleak plateau of the western desert of Egypt. The scientist, Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach, hopes to find fossil evidence of early mammals. In this, he will be disappointed, for the rocks here will prove to be much older than he thinks. They are nearly a hundred million years old. Stromer is about to learn that he has walked into the age of the dinosaurs.

At the bottom of the Bahariya Depression, Stromer will find the remains of four immense and entirely new dinosaurs, along with dozens of other unique specimens. But there will be reversals—shipments delayed for years by war, fossils shattered in transit, stunning personal and professional setbacks. Then, in a single cataclysmic night, all of his work will be destroyed and Ernst Stromer will slip into history and be forgotten.

The date is January 11, 2000—eighty-nine years to the day after Stromer descended into Bahariya. Another young paleontologist, Ameri-can graduate student Josh Smith, has brought a team of fellow scientists to Egypt to find Stromer’s dinosaur graveyard and resurrect the German pioneer’s legacy. After weeks of digging, often under appalling conditions, they fail utterly at rediscovering any of Stromer’s dinosaur species.

Then, just when they are about to declare defeat, Smith’s team discovers a dinosaur of such staggering immensity that it will stun the world of paleontology and make headlines around the globe.

Masterfully weaving together history, science, and human drama, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt is the gripping account of not one but two of the twentieth century’s great expeditions of discovery.

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"The Date is January 11, 1911. A young German paleontologist, accompanied only by a guide, a cook, four camels, and a couple of camel drivers, reaches the lip of the vast Bahariya Depression after a long trek across the bleak plateau of the western desert of Egypt. The scientist, Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach, hopes to find fossil evidence of early mammals. In this, he will be disappointed, for the rocks here will prove to be much older than he thinks. They are nearly a hundred million years old. Stromer is about to learn that he has walked into the age of the dinosaurs." "At the bottom of the Bahariya Depression, Stromer will find the remains of four immense and entirely new dinosaurs, along with dozens of other unique specimens. But there will be reversals - shipments delayed for years by war, fossils shattered in transit, stunning personal and professional setbacks. Then, in a single cataclysmic night, all of his work will be destroyed and Ernst Stromer will slip into history and be forgotten." "The Date is January 11, 2000 - eighty-nine years to the day after Stromer descended into Bahariya. Another young paleontologist, American graduate student Josh Smith, has brought a team of fellow scientists to Egypt to find Stromer's dinosaur graveyard and resurrect the German pioneer's legacy. After weeks of digging, often under appalling conditions, they fail utterly at rediscovering any of Stromer's dinosaur species." "Then, just when they are about to declare defeat, Smith's team discovers a dinosaur of such staggering immensity that it will stun the world of paleontology and make headlines around the globe."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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