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The Road to Comps Part 3: Emergent Specializations: Paleontology

It is amazing what you can do with an extra half-day off.  This is half of the emergent specializations set, the other being Anthropology and Paleoanthropology.  In this case it covers the development of paleontology from natural philosophy, through the interested gentleman scholar/statesman/parson through to its full professionalization in the beginning of the 20th century. There is no delineation of what comes from which book this week as they mostly say the same things, they only structure the order somewhat differently or go into farther in one life or another. Continue reading The Road to Comps Part 3: Emergent Specializations: Paleontology

That Naturalist in Britain

: A Social History
: A Social History

David Elliston Allen’s 1976 social history of the naturalist in Britain is by all accounts “a classic.” Interestingly enough it was republished in 1994 by Princeton University Press from its original Penguin Books which brings into the question the relationship  of popular press vs rigorous (inflated pricing) of university presses, but you can take that up on your own. Continue reading That Naturalist in Britain