Time Traveler by Michael Novacek
In Search of Dinosaurs and Other Fossils from Montana to Mongolia

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Hunting for fossils with a preeminent guide and teacher



Michael Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. Time Traveler is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. He takes us with him as he discovers fossils in his own backyard in Los Angeles, then goes looking for them in the high Andes, the black volcanic mountains of Yemen, and the incredibly rich fossil badlands of the Gobi desert.



Wherever Novacek goes he searches for still undiscovered evidence of what life was like on Earth millions of years ago. Along the way he has almost drowned, been stung by deadly scorpions, been held at gunpoint by a renegade army, and nearly choked in raging dust storms. Fieldwork is very demanding in a host of unusual, dramatic, sometimes hilarious ways, and Novacek writes of its alluring perils with affection and discernment. But Time Traveler also makes sense of many complex themes - about dinosaur evolution, continental drift, mass extinctions, new methods for understanding ancient environments, and the evolutionary secrets of DNA in fossil organisms. It is also an enthralling adventure story.



 

About Michael Novacek

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Michael Novacek is Curator of Paleontology, as well as Senior Vice President and Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History. His last book, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs (1996), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
 
Published March 15, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 380 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Growing up within shouting distance of Los Angeles’s La Brea tar pits, Novacek (Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, 1996), now curator of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, got bitten early by the dinosaur bug.

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Transporting readers to dinosaur excavations across the globe, paleontologist Novacek (Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs) offers a spellbinding natural history of our planet, as well as the equally fascinating story of how he fell into the profession.

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In "Time Traveler," Novacek traces his development from schoolboy to distinguished paleontologist.

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