Resurrecting the Shark – A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil


Resurrecting the Shark – A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Pegasus Books Pages: 312 Illustrations and other contents: 24 pages of color illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781681773438 Category:
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"Susan Ewing traces how the Helicoprion fossil obsessed scientists for centuries, and how new research could resolve how its teeth fit into its jaw." -- Nature "A rocking good detective story with geology, art, and sharks!" -- David R. Montgomery, author of "Growing a Revolution" and "The Rocks Don't Lie" "A wonderful book that traces the history of the discovery of the Helicoprion, the 'Buzzsaw Shark,' one of the strangest vertebrate fossils ever to come to light. Susan Ewing travels through 400 million years of fish evolution and four hundred years of scientific research. Entertaining and filled with panorama of eccentric scientists, rock hunters, and artists who have fallen under the spell of this huge predator." -- John A. Musick, author of "The Shark Chronicles" "A fascinating deep-dive into the life and times of Helicoprion, a whorl-toothed shark from the Paleozoic past. Susan Ewing applies liberal doses of humor and enthusiasm to spin a compelling tale that neatly blends history of science, visual art, and modern paleontological research to recreate this once-mysterious animal and its kin." -- Anthony J. Martin, author of "The Evolution Underground" "Long before nature writer Susan Ewing mentions Indiana Jones in Resurrecting the Shark, readers are ensnared in a quest for a 270 million-year-old fish fossil that feels like riding shotgun with Indy. Meticulously researched and spanning numerous disciplines, along with a 'rockin' lot' of evolution, Resurrecting the Shark is the compelling saga of how an ancient ocean oddity became a global passion project." -- Shelf Awareness "Ewing shares the century-long story of scientific investigation that resulted in the discovery of Helicoprion. Ewing brings to life the personalities of those who wrestled with these fossils to reveal 'the beautiful, frustrating, addictive, rewarding way' that research works." -- Publishers Weekly "A carefully annotated scientific detective story." -- Kirkus Reviews "Ewing blows the dust off dry scientific reportage with her lively style and wit. Her book should have broad appeal to a wide range of readers-sharks, of course, are a cultural phenomenon, and paleo sharks only double the fun." -- Library Journal "Ewing's talent for narrative makes the story of the diverse players a sure page-turner." -- Natural History

Author Biography

Susan Ewing is the author of The Great Alaska Nature Factbook, The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook, and Going Wild in Washington and Oregon, as well as two children's books. Her nonfiction articles and essays have appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, Outside Bozeman, Gray's Sporting Journal, Big Sky Journal, The Seattle Times, and other publications. Born and raised in Kentucky, she graduated from University of Alaska-Fairbanks and now lives in Bozeman, Montana.