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The Sternberg Family of Fossil-hunters

By (author) Martin O. Riser
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 1st Jan 1995
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773489851
ISBN-13: 9780773489851
Barcode No: 9780773489851
This volume attempts to set the record straight on published criticisms and mistakes with regard to the Sternberg fossil hunters, and in particular reference to the family patriarch, Charles Hazelius Sternberg. Among other points, the author asserts that Charles Sternberg has not been given due credit for the fact that it was he who developed the precursor for the modern method of fossil wrapping, which has been erroneously credited either to Barnum Brown or Edward Drinker Cope. Martin Riser also documents how Sternberg was the first American fossil hunter to write a "biography", fleshing out for the reader the dead bones of his finds, bringing them to life with his written renderings, though many have followed after him, using the style he developed. This volume also provides information on his side businesses and delves into the lives of the three sons who followed him into the fossil profession. All of the sons became quite prominent in both American and Canadian fossil hunting lore, and were connected with prestigious museums. The book includes a number of photographs.

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