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Bones for Barnum Brown: Adventures of a Dinosaur Hunter
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Roland Thaxter Bird, universally and affectionately known to friends and associates as R. T., achieved a kind of Horatio Alger success in the scientific world of dinosaur studies. Forced to drop out of school at a young age by ill health, he was a cowboy who traveled from job to job by motorcycle until he met Barnum Brown, Curator of Vertebrae Paleontology at the American...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Texas Christian University Press
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I first heard about R.T. Bird and Dr. Barnum Brown from a traveling science exhibit. I loved the display they had especially Bird's map of the Howe Quarry site. I had never seen so many fossils together and was amazed by Bird's accomplishment at documenting the whole site. So once home I went in search of more information and was very excited to see that he had written of his experiences. Bird had been interested in dinosaurs since he was a child. The book starts off in 1932 during the Great Dep ...more
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. Essentially it’s a memoir by Roland T Bird of his time in the late 1930s digging up dinosaur bones and trace fossils (footprints) for Barnum Brown and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. The book is a fascinating glimpse not only at paleontological digs as they were back then but also of the very practical mindset that dominated in the relatively resource poor America in the Great Depression.