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By Stanley Hedeen,John Faragher

Shawnee legend tells of a herd of massive bison rampaging in the course of the Ohio Valley, laying waste to all of their course. to guard the tribe, a deity slew those nice beasts with lightning bolts, eventually chasing the final immense buffalo into exile around the Wabash River, by no means to hassle the Shawnee back. The resource of this legend was once a unusual salt lick in present-day northern Kentucky, the place big fossilized skeletons had for hundreds of years lain undisturbed by way of the Shawnee and different natives of the sector. In 1739, the 1st Europeans encountered this fossil web site, which ultimately got here to be often called massive Bone Lick. the location drew the eye of all who heard of it, together with George Washington, Daniel Boone, Benjamin Franklin, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and particularly Thomas Jefferson. the large bones instantly forged many medical and philosophical assumptions of the day into doubt, and so they finally gave upward push to the research of fossils for organic and old reasons. massive Bone Lick: The Cradle of yankee Paleontology recounts the wealthy heritage of the fossil web site that gave the realm the 1st proof of the extinction of a number of mammalian species, together with the yank mastodon. giant Bone Lick has performed many jobs: nutrient resource, hallowed flooring, salt mine, health and wellbeing spa, and a wealthy trove of archaeological and paleontological wonders. normal historian Stanley Hedeen offers a finished narrative of massive Bone Lick from its geological formation ahead, explaining why the positioning attracted animals, local tribespeople, eu explorers and scientists, and at last American pioneers and presidents. immense Bone Lick is the heritage of either a spot and a systematic self-discipline: it explores the infancy and early life of paleontology from its humble and infrequently funny beginnings. Hedeen combines components of historical past, geology, politics, and biology to make great Bone Lick a beneficial historic source in addition to the compelling story of ways a suite of fossilized bones captivated a tender nation.

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