Bone Wars: The Excavation Of Andrew Carnegie's Dinosaur by Tom Rea

By Tom Rea

Tom Rea strains the evolution of medical suggestion concerning dinosaurs and divulges the deception, hostility, and occasionally outright aggression found in the early years of fossil hunting.  This e-book information the most famous—and notorious—dinosaur skeletons ever found: Diplodocus carnegii, named after Andrew Carnegie.

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As long ago as 450 BC Herodotus suggested that the rate of deposition of sediment by the River Nile indicated that the building of its delta must have required many thousands of years. But not all lines of evidence suggested such great antiquity. Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh (1581–1656), primate of All Ireland, always gets a bad press in this regard. Let me explain why. By the seventeenth century, speculation had grown concerning the age of the Earth and evidence was sought from whatever source might be fruitful.

And, as we reason by analogy from the simplest living bacteria and protozoans, we have to acknowledge that even these are probably far removed from what must have been Earth’s earliest forms of life. Nor do we know whether replication, reproduction, and metabolism developed together or, if they did not, which preceded the others. 17 05:01 39 THE EARLIEST RECORDS OF LIFE The third line of inquiry in the search for potential evidence of life’s earliest forms comes from the fossil record itself: what direct or indirect evidence is there of early remains of these early forms of life?

Darwin showed that the soil near his home in Kent contained 53,767 earthworms per acre and that they had a profound influence on the formation and reworking of the soil. ” Subsequent detailed studies of earthworms in other environments and climates have demonstrated even more abundance and variety. 1 Other environments are equally prolific. 2 Bacteria are the most abundant of all organisms, numbering more than 100 million per gram of soil.

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