Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric

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In "The Dinosaur Hunters" Deborah Cadbury recreates the remarkable story of the bitter rivalry between two men: Gideon Mantell uncovered giant bones in a Sussex quarry, became obsessed with the lost world of the reptiles and was driven to despair. Richard Owen, a brilliant anatomist, gave the extinct creatures their name and secured for himself unrivalled international acclaim.

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Deborah Cadbury is the award-winning TV science producer for the BBC, including Horizon for which she won an Emmy . She is also the highly-acclaimed author of The Feminisation of Nature.

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'This is a tale of intrigue and deception, of burning ambition and failed dreams. The bitter clashes between the men who dominated 19th- century geology are exquisitely portrayed by Deborah Cadbury in this scholarly yet exhilarating book.' Independent 'Cadbury is a wonderful writer, weaving natural history, human history and science together in a smooth, flowing tapestry that keeps you turning the pages as if her book were a thriller.' The Times 'Deborah Cadbury tells the extraordinary story of dinosaur hunters extraordinarily well... No other narrative I know illustrates the human element in scientific discovery quite so dramatically.' Richard Fortey, Evening Standard

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