The Riddle of the Stegosaurus Author:D. C. Ipsen A skeleton embedded in stone - the skeleton of a bizarre prehistoric beast, completely unlike any animal ever seen by man - us the starting point for a scientific detective story, and for at least a dozen arguments. How could scientists possibly figure out what this beast had looked like? What happened when they disagreed? What was it like to be... more » a paleontologist digging bones out of the badlands of the Old West?
D. C. Ipsen has carefully traced the scientific history of the stegosaurus, showing how pioneer paleontologists refined and discarded early ideas to arrive at today's concept of the animal - which, he points out, could change completely with a new discovery tomorrow. The result is an exciting sroty of how scientists work, and of how they think.« less