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The Griffin and the Dinosaur : How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science
by Marc Aronson and Adrienne Mayor and Chris Muller


Overview - Could Griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold-hunters in the Gobi desert.  Read more...

 
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More About The Griffin and the Dinosaur by Marc Aronson; Adrienne Mayor; Chris Muller
 
 
 
Overview
Could Griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold-hunters in the Gobi desert. Here is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the Griffin, and invented a new science. Now she and others travel the world matching myths and fossils.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426311086
  • ISBN-10: 1426311087
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Science - Folklore & Mythology
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Fossils
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - Ancient

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

What started as a hunch—that the legend of the griffin began with people who had seen fossils of extinct animals—led self-taught scientist Mayor to trace the origins of a myth to a basis in fact. With the suspense of a detective story, the narrative details Mayor’s research process as she consults with experts, conducts fieldwork, and seeks out ancient documents, artifacts, and stories. Beyond the intriguing content of the book itself, Aronson and Mayor deliver an empowering message: that the world contains many yet-to-be-solved enigmas, and there’s more than one way to crack a (dinosaur) egg. Ages 10–up. (Apr.)

 
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