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The Resource Assembling the dinosaur : fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle, Lukas Rieppel

Assembling the dinosaur : fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle, Lukas Rieppel

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Assembling the dinosaur : fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle
Title
Assembling the dinosaur
Title remainder
fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle
Statement of responsibility
Lukas Rieppel
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A lively account of how dinosaurs became a symbol of American power and prosperity and gripped the popular imagination during the Gilded Age, when their fossil remains were collected and displayed in museums financed by North America's wealthiest business tycoons. Although dinosaur fossils were first found in England, a series of dramatic discoveries during the late 1800s turned North America into a world center for vertebrate paleontology. At the same time, the United States emerged as the world's largest industrial economy, and creatures like tyrannosaurus, brontosaurus, and triceratops became emblems of American capitalism. American dinosaurs dominated the popular imagination, making front-page headlines and appearing in feature films. Business tycoons like Andrew Carnegie and J. P. Morgan made common cause with vertebrate paleontologists to capitalize on the widespread appeal of dinosaurs, using them to project American exceptionalism back into prehistory. Learning from the show-stopping techniques of P. T. Barnum, museums exhibited dinosaurs to attract, entertain, and educate the public. By assembling the skeletons of dinosaurs into eye-catching displays, wealthy industrialists sought to cement their own reputations as generous benefactors of science, showing that modern capitalism could produce public goods in addition to profits. Behind the scenes, museums adopted corporate management practices to control the movement of dinosaur bones, restricting their circulation to influence their meaning and value in popular culture. Tracing the entwined relationship of dinosaurs, capitalism, and culture during the Gilded Age, Lukas Rieppel reveals the outsized role these giant reptiles played during one of the most consequential periods in American history.--
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Rieppel, Lukas
Dewey number
560.75
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QE718
LC item number
.R54 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Carnegie, Andrew
  • Fossils
  • Dinosaurs in popular culture
  • Science museums
Label
Assembling the dinosaur : fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle, Lukas Rieppel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prospecting for dinosaurs -- Tea with brontosaurus -- Andrew Carnegie's diplodocus -- Accounting for dinosaurs -- Exhibiting extinction -- Bringing dinosaurs back to life -- Conclusion: Feathered dragons
Control code
2018053315
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780674737587
Lccn
2018053315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1059231407
Label
Assembling the dinosaur : fossil hunters, tycoons, and the making of a spectacle, Lukas Rieppel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prospecting for dinosaurs -- Tea with brontosaurus -- Andrew Carnegie's diplodocus -- Accounting for dinosaurs -- Exhibiting extinction -- Bringing dinosaurs back to life -- Conclusion: Feathered dragons
Control code
2018053315
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780674737587
Lccn
2018053315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1059231407

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