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The Struggle for BC's Fossils
What began as a hunting trip to British Columbiaís Northern Rockies in 2000 turns into one of the provinceís most important fossil finds -- the Monroe Dinosaur Trackway in Kakwa Provincial Park. It also opens a Pandoraís box of professional egos and turf wars akin to those which have sullied the science of paleontology since 11-year-old Mary Anning found her first ichthyosaur on Englandís Dorset coast in the early 1800s.
In Sidetracked: The Struggle for BCís Fossils, Vivien Lougheed tells the fascinating tale of Dr. Garnet Fraser, a Prince George physician and co-discoverer, along with McBride trapper Bryan Monroe, of the Kakwa tracks. In the telling, Lougheed weaves in stories of other major fossil finds in British Columbia and across North America, many of which demonstrate how human nature and a lack of resources and time can and do diminish the science of paleontology.
While professional and amateur paleontologists, commercial fossil hunters, scientific societies, professors, museum curators and politicians spar in an ancient arena, erosion, theft and neglect threaten Earthís fossil record and with it our ability to decipher the geological past. In Sidetracked Lougheed chronicles one manís growing passion for paleontology and issues a plea for cooperation, not competition, in the pursuit of that arcane science.
2011, Creekstone Press