Dinosaurs in the Attic is a chronicle of the expeditions, discoveries, and scientists behind the greatest natural history collection ever assembled. Written by former Natural History columnist Douglas Preston, who worked at the American Museum of Natural History for seven years, this is a... read more
The American Museum of Natural History in New York is probably the best-known and best-loved museum in the United States. Some two and a half million people come through its doors each year to marvel at the dinosaur skeletons and the meteorites, the elephants and the gems. And yet only a... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The American Museum of Natural History in New York is probably the best-known and best-loved museum in the United States. Some two and a half million people come through its doors each year to marvel at the dinosaur skeletons and the meteorites, the elephants and the gems. And yet only a minute fraction of the Museum's collection is on display. Beyond the exhibition halls, along seemingly endless corridors and within locked vaults, the Museum houses a veritable stockpile of world's records. But how was all this started? Who amassed these fabulous collections, and how? And what goes on today at the Museum, where some two hundred scientists and their assistants carry on research literally above the heads of the visitors? In this unique and fascinating story, Preston recounts with wit and a master's eye for detail the Museum's founmding, difficult early years, and its golden age of expeditions - telling the stories of the men and women who risked their reputations and lives for science in places as diverse as the North Pole and the Belgian Congo.
Part I: The history
1. The museums that almost were
2. Professor Bickmore's museum
3. The first grand expedition
4. Exploration at the top of the world
5. The seasrch for the Arctic Atlantis
6. The great dinosaur "Gold Rush"
7. In deepest Africa
8. Fossils in Outer Mongolia
9. The thirties and beyond
Part Two: The grand tour
10. A library of bones
13. Amphibians and reptiles
16. Harry Shapiro and Peking Man
18. Minerals and gems
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