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

Um of Natural History for seven years this is a celebration of the best known and best loved museum in the United State As a kid I read any story I could get my hands on about archeological expeditions survival under harsh conditions and intrepid explorers I devoured drama in the Gobi desert pack ice and bitter cold above the Arctic Circle and in Antarctica and Dinosaurs in the Attic is the adult version of those tales The 1st half of the book details some of the expeditions underwritten and staffed by the US Museum of Natural History the 2nd part dives into some of the lesser known collections Who knew a single obscure species of bug could be so important Best of all Dinosaurs in the Attic shows these expeditions these collections are valuable not just for the artifacts or numbers of species brought back to the Museum but how they allow research into natural history and vanished cultures to continue and expand as new scientific analysis tools develop Groundbreaking research was done on animal or insect species when the collections were first assembled now new research can be done using DNA analysis providing amazing new insights

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Dinosaurs in the Attic is a chronicle of the expeditions discoveries and scientists behind the greatest natural history Douglas Prestonn was on the staff of the Amer Museum of Natural History and authored a monthly column on the Museum in Natural History magazine This was his first book Lincoln Child was the editor This is how the team of PrestonChild became partners in mystery writing Child became so interested in the American Museum of Natural Hisotry and all it s many stories and secrets after reading Preston s book that he knew they had a winner if they could join forces and use the Museum in their mystery stories Just the architecture of the building itself lends itself to the noir I was captivated by the many secrets and facts that Preston presents to the reader to explain how the American Museum of Natural History was started how the collections were amassed and the importance of the Natural History Museum He envokes a visit to the Museum to view the articles he tells the facinating stories aboutThis was a well written review of some of the authors favorite auisition stories or what he feels are the most interesting items in the different halls of the museum He researched investigated and interviewed to collect his information Then he presented it in a very enjoyable read


10 thoughts on “Dinosaurs in the Attic An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History

  1. says:

    Now this was satisfying from nearly beginning to end It's a look at New York City's natural history museum split into two parts The first is a straightforward history of the institution both how it came about as well as how the philosophy of

  2. says:

    I have a whole new appreciation for the museum now First of all they is so much there than I ever realized There are 2 million butterflies the skeletons of 100 elephants 60000 fish in jars of alcohol a grasshopper found on the observation deck of the Empire State building 4000 Asian shadow puppets 8 million anthropological artifacts

  3. says:

    Douglas Prestonn was on the staff of the Amer Museum of Natural History and authored a monthly column on the Museum in Natural History' magazine This was his first book Lincoln Child was the editor This is how the

  4. says:

    Dinosaurs in the Attic is split into two parts The first part gives an overview of the history of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City The second part is a collection of random stories about some of the museum’s artifacts The writing style is excellent I found it hard to put the book down which is uite unusual for me reading a nonfiction book It made me want to go visit the museum one day

  5. says:

    Great read if a little outdated Some of the halls he mentions like the Hall of North American Birds sadly don't exist any at the Museum As a former volunteer it was great to read about some of my favorite artifacts and how they got into their respective exhibits

  6. says:

    what joy it would be to visit the actual museum

  7. says:

    As a kid I read any story I could get my hands on about archeological expeditions survival under harsh conditions and intrepid explorers I devoured drama in the Gobi desert; pack ice and bitter cold above the Arctic Circle and in Antarctica and Dinosaurs in the Attic is the adult version of those tales The 1st half of the book details some

  8. says:

    Definitely an interesting read although I was a bit underwhelmed at how much of the controversy surrounding the anthropology collection was brushed aside There would have been space to delve a bit into the ethical uestions raised by museum collecting practices particularly in the early days so parts come across as being a bit tone deaf Whether or not this was the author's decision or an editorial choice is unclear as he certainly

  9. says:

    A really interesting and enjoyable look at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City This was written by Douglas Preston who worked at the museum for seven years and is also the author along with Lincoln Child of one of my favorite series of thriller novels the Pendergast stories I can see now where Preston obtained a lot of his background information for the series and for some of his other novels such as

  10. says:

    This book is a fun punch bowl of facts about one of my favorite museums But there is one turd swimming around in it a casual attitude about the racism built into institutions of this type Example in the introduction the author boasts that the AMNH includes in its collection 100 complete elephants and the largest

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