Resurrecting the Shark

Resurrecting the Shark

A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of A 270-million-year-old Fossil

Book - 2017
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"In 1993 Alaskan artist and paleo-fish enthusiast, Ray Troll, stumbled upon the weirdest fossil he had ever seen in a museum-- a platter-sized spiral of tightly wound shark teeth, from the Helicoprion, a mysterious monster from deep time. In 2010 the undergraduate student, Jesse Pruitt, became seriously smitten with a Helicoprion fossil in a museum basement in Idaho. Together, they researched and were able, with others, to reanimate this awe-inspiring beast"-- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681773438
Characteristics: 282 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm


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KickyMcGee Jun 05, 2017

Before we go any further, this is NOT about cloning an extinct species. No, it's far more interesting than that. The helicoprion is the strangest shark you've never heard of, and that is exactly where the author starts this book. We get a compelling read that takes us through the history (and the history of the history) of this creature, its discovery, and how we may understand a true alien on our own planet. It all acts as a vehicle to show how the science of piecing together the ancient past of the planet is stranger, harder, and more wonderful than most of us ever know. This is serious science for those of us who are NOT serious scientists, and yeah, it's also a lot of fun with beautiful illustrations of some very weird sharks. Who could ask for more?


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