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The Dinosaur Artist

Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy

by Paige Williams

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The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams
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    Sep 2018, 432 pages

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Paige Williams presents a portrait in high relief of the imbroglios that can occur when paleontology, nationalism and capitalism collide.

Who isn't fascinated by dinosaur fossils? Award-winning New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams' nonfiction debut, which might alternatively be titled Dinosaur Wars, makes a dynamite case that the people who hunt and/or collect fossils are equally intriguing. In this exhaustively researched and heavily annotated but enthralling book, she states, "Fossil enthusiasts are as obsessed a segment of natural history lovers as ever existed." She goes on to quote paleontologist Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History: "'I have been in people's houses where every possible inch of their home is covered in fossils...Even the dishwasher has trilobites in it.'"

What is the motivation behind fossil hunting? Is it their age? Many dinosaur fossils are over 200 million years old. Is it because they are so rare and hard to find? Some estimate that the remains of less ...

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