The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

  • by William Nothdurft, Josh Smith
  • Narrated by Michael C. Hall
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The date is January 11, 1911. A young German paleontologist, accompanied only by a guide, a cook, and four camels, reaches the vast Bahariya Depression after a long trek across the western desert of Egypt. Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach hopes to find fossil evidence of early mammals. At the bottom of the Bahariya Depression, Stromer will find the remains of four entirely new dinosaurs, along with dozens of other unique specimens. But there will be reversals - shipments delayed for years, fossils shattered, stunning setbacks. Then, in a single cataclysmic night, all of his work will be destroyed, and Ernst Stromer will slip into history and be forgotten.The date is January 11, 2000 - 89 years to the day after Stromer descended into Bahariya. Another young paleontologist, American graduate student Josh Smith, has brought a team of fellow scientists to Egypt to find Stromer's dinosaur graveyard. After weeks of digging, they fail utterly. Then, just when they are about to declare defeat, Smith's team discovers a dinosaur of such staggering immensity that it will stun the world of paleontology and make headlines around the globe.Masterfully weaving together history, science, and human drama, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt is the gripping account of not one but two of the 20th century's great expeditions of discovery.

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What the Critics Say

"An engaging mix of history and desert drama, this Indiana Jones-type adventure is first-rate popular science." (Publishers Weekly)

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Entertaining while educating

I really enjoyed this book. It's great how the two story lines are interwoven the science is brought to live. I learned much more about paleontology that I expected and found it fascinating.
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- Gavinz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio