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Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History

 
 
 
 
Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History
Author: Douglas J. Preston
ISBN 13: 9780312104566
ISBN 10: 312104561
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 1993-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $18.99
 
 

Dinosaurs in the Attic is a chronicle of the expeditions, discoveries, and scientists behind the greatest natural history collection every assembled. Written by former Natural History columnist Douglas Preston, who worked at the American Museum of Natural History for seven years, this is a celebration of the best-known and best-loved museum in the United States.

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New York's American Museum of Natural History, one of the outstanding science museums in the world, contains an extraordinary collection of objects: dinosaur skeletons, human mummies, tiny beetles, birds of paradise, and massive totem poles. Only a tiny fraction of the millions of catalogued specimens is on public view, and Douglas, with a series of judicious choices, takes us on a tour of the great labyrinth of storerooms and vaults that houses the bulk of the collection. Of equal interest are the people who built up and continue to maintain this extraordinary collection. This is a delightful book filled with fascinating stories, anecdotes, and personalities. Highly recommended. Walter P. Coombs, Jr., Biology Dept., Western New Engalnd Coll., Springfield, Mass.