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The Resource The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth, Richard Conniff

The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth, Richard Conniff

Label
The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth
Title
The species seekers
Title remainder
heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth
Statement of responsibility
Richard Conniff
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Species Seekers takes us back in time--before the words "scientist" or "biologist" even existed--to an era when a popular fever for the natural world swept through humanity. Discovering new species wasn't a rarefied pastime; it was a pandemic, a social disease that struck every corner of society, claiming such notables as Thomas Jefferson, who laid out mastodon bones on the floor of the White House, and Mark Twain, who wanted to explore the Amazon but went bust in New Orleans and had to make do with the river at hand. Amid its tales of adventure and intrigue, The Species Seekers offers unmatched insight into one of the great revolutions in the history of human thought. At the start, God was in heaven, man was the center of the universe, and everyone accepted that the Earth had been born yesterday for our benefit. But we weren't sure where vegetable ended and animal began. We didn't know what species were, or that they could be joined by common origin. We had no method of identifying the causes of the pestilential diseases that made death a constant companion. All that suddenly changed as the species seekers introduced us to the pantheon of life on Earth--and our place within it."--Dust Jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Conniff, Richard
Dewey number
508.09/033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH26
LC item number
.C66 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Naturalists
  • Natural history
  • Life (Biology)
Label
The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth, Richard Conniff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-434) and index
Contents
Strange things, strange lands -- That great beast of a town -- Finding the thread -- Collecting and conquest -- Mad about shells -- Extinct -- The rising -- The river rolling westward -- "If they lost their skalps" -- The burden of specimens -- Arsenic and immortality -- "Am I not a man and a brother?" -- Craniological longings -- "A fool to nature" -- The world turned upside down -- A primate named Savage -- "Species men" -- "Labourer in the field" -- The slow power of natural forces -- The gorilla war -- Big noses and short tea-drinkers -- Industrial-scale natural history -- "The blessing of a good skirt" -- The beast in the mosquito -- "Why not try the experiment?" -- The new age of discovery -- Necrology
Control code
ocn601099820
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 464 p.
Isbn
9780393068542
Lccn
2010024532
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)601099820
Label
The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth, Richard Conniff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-434) and index
Contents
Strange things, strange lands -- That great beast of a town -- Finding the thread -- Collecting and conquest -- Mad about shells -- Extinct -- The rising -- The river rolling westward -- "If they lost their skalps" -- The burden of specimens -- Arsenic and immortality -- "Am I not a man and a brother?" -- Craniological longings -- "A fool to nature" -- The world turned upside down -- A primate named Savage -- "Species men" -- "Labourer in the field" -- The slow power of natural forces -- The gorilla war -- Big noses and short tea-drinkers -- Industrial-scale natural history -- "The blessing of a good skirt" -- The beast in the mosquito -- "Why not try the experiment?" -- The new age of discovery -- Necrology
Control code
ocn601099820
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 464 p.
Isbn
9780393068542
Lccn
2010024532
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)601099820

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