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The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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 ...more
Published September 24th 2002 by Random House Audio (first published 2002)
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Sep 06, 2010 Troy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My one-phrase rundown: Trying to make geological, archeological, or paleontological work sound exciting is very difficult.

To be fair, these scientific pursuits can really be very exciting, as I remember from a time in my life when I almost gave up biology for paleontology. The quintessentially American exploits of Marsh and Cope are an instructive example. Imagine, if you can, a combination of old-west dinosaur hunting, academic spy intrigue, and a circus of publicity hounds worthy of any moder
Alex Telander
One would not think it that surprising to discover that dinosaur fossils had been discovered within the Sahara Desert of Egypt, considering the immense history this country already has, but apparently from an archaeological perspective, this is pretty rare. What is even more amazing is that these dinosaur fossils were actually the largest ever found. Yet they remain relatively unknown due to the stupid efforts of archaeologists and patrons during the early twentieth century when they were discov ...more
Jonathan Anderson
I did not expect to love this book quite as much as I did. I was somewhat familiar with the story of Ernst Stromer, I was definitely familiar with the story of how Spinosaurus was discovered, lost when the museum the bones were kept at was bombed in WWII, and now we've only just relaly solved that puzzle, but there turns out to have been much more to all of this than I could've imagined. It's a crazy, complex story with a lot of smaller mysteries involved, and the best quality of this book is th ...more
Wow, I'm really kind of amazed that so many people rated this so poorly. The beginning of the book was a little rough, true--there's a lot of back-story, and there are a lot of people introduced, as well as the basic idea of what they're trying to do. The way the story is told reminded me a lot of David Grann's The Lost City of Z, where the narration goes back and forth in time between covering the original expedition and the modern one. I will admit that I did sometimes have a hard time engross ...more
Nick Cincotta
Jun 05, 2015 Nick Cincotta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
although I'm well aware of the paleontological rebirth that has been happening all over the world, I found that th information presented regarding Stromer to be interesting. These people were standing on his shoulders and were influenced by his lost discoveries
Sadly there isn't a lot of information about dinosaurs from Egypt in this book. The book is more of a semi-historical account of an expedition to search for dinosaurs in the early 1900s and a later one in 2000. Much of the time the book annoyingly reads like a documentary script and I kept hearing Barbara Felden and Kenneth Branagh alternating in the narration. Also the author never really lets us get close to the living people, we learn far more about Ernst Stromer than about the modern paleont ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scholarly information about dinosaurs meets Indiana Jones-style writing and adventure.
Interesting book on "search and rescue" of dinosaur fossils in western Egypt. The book covers the work of paleontologists in the modern day and also the discoveries of a German paleontologists whose discoveries were destroyed in the Munich museum during WWII.
May 28, 2010 Manuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
that dinosaurs still walk the surface of earth. erinque, my brother from the same mother, ate a dinosaur three days ago. i asked him 'how was it?' and he replied -it tastes just like chicken!.
Micah Kunze
Fun look at what paleontology is like in the field, also good history on Strommer and his discovery of Spinasaurus...and also how war can take away important scientific discovieries.
Oct 05, 2008 Ty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been a long time since I read this, but I remember liking it. The thrill of the archeologist remains with me and connected to this book to this day.
Jan 02, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many interesting facts in this book. Most interesting to me was that sealed aquifers in the Nubian desert contain water that is 40,000 years old.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
An interesting book. Not as tightly woven as it could have been, but an interesting travel book. (As in, read while traveling.)
Booknerd Fraser
Jan 30, 2012 Booknerd Fraser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good look into the working life of paleontologists, and a reminder of a tragic scientific loss during WW II.
Robert Kaufman
Oct 25, 2012 Robert Kaufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book talking about a location we usually don't equate with dinosaurs.
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Sep 16, 2011 Marcy N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoed this book & wish I could find more like it.
Aug 07, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely borders on guilty pleasure, but very cool...
The sed/strat and the bio about Stromer was more interesting than the "OMG 3 HUGE MEAT EATERS!" narrative. Over all, this book did well with the geology and human history, but the paleobiology is a bit flat
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