• The Modern Scholar: Unearthing the Past

  • Paleontology and the History of Life
  • By: Dr. Jeffrey W. Martz
  • Narrated by: Dr. Jeffrey W. Martz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 11-03-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (3 ratings)


Jeffrey W. Martz of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is widely renowned for his expertise in the field of paleontology, a science that lies at the crossroads of biology and geology. Paleontologists seek to unearth and re-create life hundreds of millions of years old, and the work of paleontologists offers us detailed glimpses of the prehistoric world. These fascinating lectures delve into the techniques and processes of paleontologists while providing a better understanding of this often misunderstood science.
©2013 Jeffrey Martz (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracy Rowan on 07-12-17

Good introduction to the subject

This series of lectures failed to hold my interest when I began it, but I'm not sure if that was the fault of the material or of my concentration.  When I picked it up again earlier this week, I found myself fascinated by the information, first on what paleontologists actually do, and then the timeline of the history of life on earth.

Don't look for a professional narrator here; Dr. Martz is a pretty typical lecturer with a lot of the essential flaws of one.  He sometimes speaks quite fast, sometimes gives us asides that pull us out of the narrative thread, but nothing he does is so distracting that it took away from the course material.

A lot of people have complained about how basic the information is, and that's true, but at a grand total of four hours and eight lectures, how could it be anything other than a basic course? I found it interesting enough that I'd like to explore more about the subject, and to me that's a strong recommendation. If you want more than a good overview of the subject you'll have to look elsewhere.

Bottom line here is that I learned a lot, and got a good sense of the discipline of paleontology, and the awesome progress of the evolution of life on earth.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Geoffrey on 25-10-17

Good science presentation

Learned some new stuff! Also got a great refresher on info I’d learned in the past.

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