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The Resource The dinosaur artist : obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy, Paige Williams

The dinosaur artist : obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy, Paige Williams

Label
The dinosaur artist : obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy
Title
The dinosaur artist
Title remainder
obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy
Statement of responsibility
Paige Williams
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: "a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton." In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar, a close cousin to the most famous animal that ever lived. The fossils now on display in a Manhattan event space had been unearthed in Mongolia, more than 6,000 miles away. At eight-feet high and 24 feet long, the specimen was spectacular, and when the gavel sounded the winning bid was over $1 million. Eric Prokopi, a thirty-eight-year-old Floridian, was the man who had brought this extraordinary skeleton to market. A onetime swimmer who spent his teenage years diving for shark teeth, Prokopi's singular obsession with fossils fueled a thriving business hunting, preparing, and selling specimens, to clients ranging from natural history museums to avid private collectors like actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But there was a problem. This time, facing financial strain, had Prokopi gone too far? As the T. bataar went to auction, a network of paleontologists alerted the government of Mongolia to the eye-catching lot. As an international custody battle ensued, Prokopi watched as his own world unraveled. In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, The Dinosaur Artist is a stunning work of narrative journalism about humans' relationship with natural history and a seemingly intractable conflict between science and commerce. A story that stretches from Florida's Land O' Lakes to the Gobi Desert, The Dinosaur Artist illuminates the history of fossil collecting--a murky, sometimes risky business, populated by eccentrics and obsessives, where the lines between poacher and hunter, collector and smuggler, enthusiast and opportunist, can easily blur. In her first book, Paige Williams has given readers an irresistible story that spans continents, cultures, and millennia as she examines the question of who, ultimately, owns the past
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Paige
Dewey number
560.75
Index
index present
LC call number
QE718
LC item number
.W55 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prokopi, Eric
  • Fossils
  • Fossils
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Fossils
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Mongolia
Label
The dinosaur artist : obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy, Paige Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (289-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1043403360
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 410 pages
Isbn
9780316382533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1043403360
Label
The dinosaur artist : obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy, Paige Williams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (289-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1043403360
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 410 pages
Isbn
9780316382533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1043403360

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