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1 ANDREWS, Henry N. The Fossil Hunters: In Search of Ancient Plants.
Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, (1980). 1980 080141248X / 9780801412486 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 421 pp. Photos and illustrations, index. Dark gray cloth, silver stamped spine title, dust-jacket; jacket has a tear along front bottom corner. Bookplate of the Burndy Library. Very good. ISBN: 080141248X First Edition. 
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2 CADBURY, Deborah. The Dinosaur Hunters; a Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric World.
London: Fourth Estate, (2001). 2001 1857029631 / 9781857029635 
8vo. x, 374 pp. Figs., index. Pictorial wrappers. Fine. Widely acclaimed and exhilarating history of the first steps in paleontology and a scholarly examination of one of the most bitter rivalries to occur in that field. ISBN: 1857029631 
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3 COPE, Edward Drinker (1840-1897). "Synopsis of the Cyprinidae of Pennsylvania." In: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, vol. XIII, New Series.
Philadelphia: Sherman, 1869. 1869 
4to. (Article) [351]-410 pp. 4 engraved plates, figs. (Whole vol.) vii, 466 pp. Numerous lithographed plates (several color), numerous figs., charts (some folding), articles; lacking pp. 1-24 (first article). Later gilt stamped green cloth; mildly affected by silverfish. Very good. First edition. Important early work on extinct vertebrates in America. This study of extinct fish contains 3 detailed plates that complement the detail of the text. First Edition. 
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4 COPE, Edward Drinker. "Systematic Catalogue of the Species of Vertebrata Found in the Beds of the Permian Epoch in North America. With Notes and Descriptions." In: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, vol. XVI, New Series.
Philadelphia: MacCalla, 1890. 1890 
4to. (Article) [285]-298 pp. 2 engraved plates, figs. (Whole vol.) 572 pp. Numerous engraved plates, numerous figs., charts, articles, dictionary of the Egyptian language. Later gilt stamped green cloth; mildly affected by silverfish, else fine. First edition. Important early catalogue of extinct vertebrates in America.. An early work in paleontology with attractive and detailed plates. This volume also contains 3 other articles by Cope: "On the Intercentrum of the Terrestrial Vertebrata." (with six cuts and a plate), "Synopsis of the Vertebrate Fauna of the Puerco Series." (with 12 cuts and 2 plates), & "On the Shoulder-Girdle and Extremities of Eryops." (with a plate). Also included is the first publication of Edward Y. McCauley's "Dictionary of the Egyptian Language." First Edition. 
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5 COYNE, G. V., Maria SALVATORE & Claudio CASACCI. L'uomo e l'universo. Omaggio a Pierre Teilhard De Chardin.
Vatican City: Specola Vaticana, 1987. 1987 
8vo. iv, 113 pp. Printed wrappers. Fine. Scarce. Pierre Teilhard "was a French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of both Piltdown Man and Peking Man. Teilhard conceived the idea of the Omega Point and developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of Noosphere. Some of his ideas came into conflict with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and several of his books were censured" [Wikipedia]. 
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6 MATTHEW, William Diller. "Paleocene Faunas of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico." In: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Series, vol. XXX, February, 1937.
Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1937. 1937 
4to. (Article): viii, 510 pp. 64 plates including 1 fold-out map, 1 fold-out illus. of a dinosaur and many photographs of fossils, tables, figs., bibliog., index. (Whole volume): viii, 510 pp. Green cloth, gilt spine. FINE. FIRST EDITION. Comprehensive original study of fossils in the San Juan Basin with many photographs and 2 folding plates. First Edition. 
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7 [Fossils; Palentology; Dinosaurs] RECK, Hans (1886-1937). 3 papers: 1) "Bericht über die Augrabungen und Ergebnisse der Tendaguru-Expedition." (385-397 pp.). With: Hans V. STAFF & Hans RECK 2) "Ueber die Lebensweise der Trilobiten." (130-147 pp.) 3) "Die Lebensweise der Zweischaler des Solnhofener lithographischen Schiefers."(157-175 pp.). WITHIN: Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde, Berlin. Sitzungsberichte Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin.
Berlin: R. Friedlander & Sohn, 1911. 1911 
8vo. vii, 449, 15 pp. Figures, plates. Gilt-stamped half black cloth, marbled papered boards. Fine copy. Ownership rubber stamp of P. Claussen. Hans Gottfried Reck was a German volcanologist and paleontologist. In 1913 he was the first to discover the ancient skeleton of a human, which caused quite a stir regarding the origins of mankind, in the Olduvai Gorge, in what is now Tanzania. The Tendaguru Beds, originally discovered in 1906, are a fossil-rich formation in Tanzania that had been considered the richest of Late Jurassic strata in Africa. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin excavated at Tendaguru hill and the surrounding area over four years. From 1909 through 1911, Werner Janensch as expedition leader and Edwin Hennig as assistant directed excavations. Hans Reck and his wife Ina Reck lead the 1912 field season. Other European participants include Hans Von Staff. Two of the papers are collaborations between Hans Reck and Hans Von Staff. There are six beautiful fossil plates (Tafel VI-XI) that reference one of their essays titled: "Die Lebensweise der Zweischaler des Solnhofener lithographischen Schiefers.(157-175 pp.): "The Solnhofen limestone, a Jurassic Konservat-Lagerstätte that preserves a rare assemblage of fossilized organisms, including highly detailed imprints of soft bodied organisms such as sea jellies. The most familiar fossils of the Solnhofen Plattenkalk include the early bird Archaeopteryx preserved in such detail that they are among the most famous and most beautiful fossils in the world. The Solnhofen beds lie in the German state of Bavaria (Bayern), halfway between Nuremberg (Nürnberg) and Munich (München) and were originally quarried as a source of Lithographic limestone" -Wikipedia. RECK's expedition in more detail: The Recks (Hans and his new wife) were assigned to follow-up the 1911 expedition that had gathered a large collection of fossils at Tendaguru in German East Africa (now Tanzania). They reached Tendaguru in June 1912, rebuilt the camp and quickly settled into a routine of quarrying to collect dinosaur bones, helped by a large workforce of local people. Great quantities of rubble were excavated to uncover the bones, which lay about 4 metres (13 ft.) below the surface. These included the well-preserved skeletons of two stegosaurs, an armor-plated dinosaur. Reck found an early Iron Age site at Engaruka, where a stream from the Ngorongoro hills plunges down the western wall of the Gregory Rift at a point between Lake Natron and Lake Manyara, and published a description in 1913. Also in 1913, Reck made an ascent of the 2,960 metres (9,710 ft.) Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano in the Gregory Rift, about 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) south of Lake Natron He was the third geologist to do so. Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only active carbonatite volcano in the world. In 1914 Reck published a comprehensive report that summarized all that was known about this volcano so far, from his and earlier expeditions. It described the geographic position of the volcano, history of explorations, geomorphological studies and gave a detailed account of the crater region, accompanied by photographs. In 1911 Wilhelm Kattwinkel, a German entomologist, had found interesting fossils in a ravine on the borders of the Serengeti Plains which turned out to contain the remains of a prehistoric three-toed horse. He gave the site the name "Oldoway", later to be changed by the British to Olduvai. In October 1913 Reck managed to find the site again, despite vague directions. He spent the next few months making a geological survey and collecting over 1,700 fossils. The site was unusual in being made of distinctive layers of different-colored lavas and ash. Although there was no way at that time of accurately dating the layers, they did indicate the relative age of the deposits. In December 1913 one of the workmen found a bone protruding from one of the oldest layers, Bed II, at a level where extinct animals from the Pleistocene had been found. He started to excavate, then told Reck of his find. Reck directed the excavation. The workers used hammers and chisels to excavate a human skeleton with modern anatomy that was embedded in a block of sedimentary rock. Reck examined the surrounding rocks carefully, but found no sign of disturbance that could indicate a burial at some later data. Reck took the skull back to Berlin in March 1914, and published an article in which he speculated that the skeleton was of a man from 150,000 years ago, far earlier than had been previously considered for the origin of man. The announcement caused a considerable stir. The society: The Natural History Society of Berlin (GNF) was founded in 1773 and is adjacent to the Gdansk Scientific Society, the oldest German private natural history society. She had a number of prominent members in the natural sciences, especially the biology influential members. The company still exists today and is currently based at the Institute of Zoology, Free University of Berlin. 
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8 [Tendaguru, now Tanzania, Expeditions]. 5 papers: 1) TORNIER, Herr G. "Mitteilungen aus der Festsitzung zur Berichterstattung uber Werden, Verlauf und Bisherige Ergebnisse der Tendaguru Expedition." (115-123 pp.)
Berlin: R. Friedlander & Sohn, 1912. 1912 
8vo. vii, 582. Figures, plates (including folding ). Gilt-stamped half black cloth over marbled papered boards. Fine copy. With 4 other papers. WITHIN: Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde, Berlin. Sitzungsberichte Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin. [5 papers]: 1) TORNIER, Herr G. "Mitteilungen aus der Festsitzung zur Berichterstattung uber Werden, Verlauf und Bisherige Ergebnisse der Tendaguru Expedition." (115-123 pp.) 2) JANENSCH, W. "Verlauf und Ergebnise der expedition." (124-137 pp.) 3) HENNING, Edwin Von. "Die Entstehung der Dinosaurier-Lager." (137-142 pp.) 4) STAFF, Hans V. "Geschichte der Umwandlungen der landschaftsformen im Fundgebiet de Tendaguru-Saurier." (142-149 pp.) 5) TORNIER, Herr G. "Schlubworte des Vorsitzenden" (150-152 pp.) WITHIN: Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde, Berlin. Sitzungsberichte Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin. The person's featured in these papers all paticipated in the Tendaguru Expeditions. The Tendaguru Beds, originally discovered in 1906, are a fossil-rich formation in Tanzania that the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin excavated in (and its surrounding areas) over four years. From 1909 through 1911, Werner Janensch as expedition leader and Edwin Hennig as assistant directed excavations. Hans Reck and his wife Ina Reck lead the 1912 field season. Other European participants include Hans Von Staff. The papers were published in the 1912 February issue 27 by The Natural History Society of Berlin (GNF), founded in 1773 and adjacent to the Gdansk Scientific Society, the oldest German private natural history society. She had a number of prominent members in the natural sciences, especially the biology influential members. The company still exists today and is currently based at the Institute of Zoology, Free University of Berlin. Herr G. Tornier's legacy, perhaps unfairly, has mainly been determined by his position in the controversy surrounding the posture of the sauropod dinosaur Diplodocus carnegiei. Following the 1899 discovery of the animal in Wyoming, it had traditionally been depicted and mounted in an elephant-like stance. However, in 1909, Oliver P. Hay imagined two Diplodocus, being reptiles after all, with splayed lizard-like limbs on the banks of a river. Hay argued that Diplodocus had a sprawling, lizard-like gait with widely splayed legs,. Hay's argument was subsequently and forcefully supported by Tornier, but the hypothesis was contested by W. J. Holland, who maintained that a sprawling Diplodocus would have needed a trench to pull its belly through. In the end, finds of sauropod footprints in the 1930s put Hay and Tornier's theory to rest. –Wikipedia. Werner Ernst Martin Janensch (1878-1969) was a German paleontologist and geologist. Janensch's most famous contributions stemmed from the expedition he led with Edwin Hennig to the Tendaguru Beds (now Tanzania). They recovered an enormous quantity of fossils of late Jurassic period dinosaurs, including several complete Brachiosaurus skeletons, then the largest animal ever known. Janensch discovered and named several new dinosaur taxa including Dicraeosaurus (1914) and Elaphrosaurus (1920). Janensch's Brachiosaurus finds may belong to a distinct, related genus, Giraffatitan, but this is controversial. Edwin Henning (1882-1977) was a German paleontologist also known as an excavator under Werner Janensch in the Tandaguru expedition. From 1902 he studied natural sciences, anthropology and philosophy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, where he 1906 was awarded a doctorate After that, he was assistant to Wilhelm Branca on Geological-Palaeontological Institute of Humboldt University in Berlin, where he qualified in 1913 and became a lecturer. During World War I he was a military geologist. From 1917 he was professor at the University of Tübingen, where he was Rector and Director of the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology from 1929-1930. In 1937 he joined the NSDAP. In 1945 he was dismissed from office and subjected to a denazification process. In 1951, he retired. Hans von Staff, was yet another expedition explorer and friends with Hans Reck who directed the expeditions in 1912. Together they also published several papers in the 1911 volume. NOTE: If you are interested in the Tendaguru Expeditions this 1912 volume and the previous volumes:1909 (see Dinosaurs; Diplodocus) and 1911 (see Fossils; Palentology; Dinosaurs) are a must have. 
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