Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs) offers a spellbinding natural history of o"/>

TIME TRAVELER: In Search of Dinosaurs and Ancient Mammals from Montana to Mongolia

Michael J. Novacek, Author . Farrar, Straus & Giroux $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-374-27880-9

Transporting readers to dinosaur excavations across the globe, paleontologist Novacek (Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs) offers a spellbinding natural history of our planet, as well as the equally fascinating story of how he fell into the profession. As a child, Novacek mined for bones in the backyards of Los Angeles, studied the geostrata of the Grand Canyon, discovered a trilobite fossil in a Wisconsin quarry and frequently visited the local La Brea Tar Pits. Though Novacek claims he's no Indiana Jones, he finds himself on the wrong side of a gun more than once—whether the gun be held by Mexican drunkards or the Yemeni army. The most rousing passages depict stormy expeditions to Chilean Patagonia in search of fossilized whale vertebrae along an ancient shoreline in the Andes—an incredible 10,000 feet above sea level. Novacek's team also discovered rare dinosaur trackways that today appear to scale the vertical walls of deep canyons, and the team accomplished what Charles Darwin set out to do 150 years earlier—they collected fossils of giant sloths, armadillos and the peculiar glyptodonts for the study of mammalian vertebrae. Novacek mixes heady science—his explanations of Carbon-14 dating, geological development, ancient magnetic forces and paleontological history are clear and dynamic—with hard-grit adventure, making for a passionate memoir that readers will find appealing, especially, perhaps, young "dinophiles" in search of a vocation. Illus. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2002
Release date: 02/01/2002
Show other formats
Acrobat Ebook Reader - 368 pages - 978-0-374-70203-8
Paperback - 380 pages - 978-0-374-52876-8
Ebook - 978-0-374-70206-9
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.