Rhinoceros Giants

The Paleobiology of Indricotheres


Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253008190

Category: Nature

Page: 141

View: 9796

A book for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres introduces a prime candidate for the largest land mammal that ever lived--the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals lived in Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 2 metres / 6 feet long, stood over 7 meters / 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were nearly twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 20,000 kg / 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, although they must have made predators think twice before trying to bring them down. In this book for lovers of ancient creatures great and small, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery by palaeontologists just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died, with some interesting side trips along the way.

Giant Rhinoceros


Author: Janet Riehecky

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1429600373

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 5239

The giant rhinoceros was a huge mammal with a neck like a giraffe. Read more about this prehistoric animal in Giant Rhinoceros.

How to Study Rhinos


Author: Bayard H. Brattstrom,Martha A. Brattstrom,Mary E. Shipman

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478772905

Category: Science

Page: 166

View: 2061

Rhinos are interesting, fun to watch, and endangered of becoming extinct. This book is first about how scientists study rhinos, and then information is presented on rhino taxonomy, distribution, ecology, fossil history, behavior, reproduction, and conservation, including poaching. But there is a lot more to rhinos than just the above, there are also sections on rhinos in history, rhinos in art, rhino companies, logos and products, as well as lists of rhino books, toys, and conservation organizations.

Reality Check

How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future


Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253010365

Category: Science

Page: 390

View: 2498

A thought-provoking look at science denialism “for popular science readers who want better to be able to explain and defend science and scientific methods to others” (Library Journal). The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country—all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientific community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes, and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented. “Prothero’s treatise will give the science-minded something to cheer about, a brief summary of the real data that supports so many critical aspects of modern life.” —Publishers Weekly

The Pope's Rhinoceros


Author: Lawrence Norfolk

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448105854

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

View: 5406

In February 1516, a Portugese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy. The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat: her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. The Pope's Rhinoceros tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident. Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown colony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in an obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.



Author: Kelly Enright

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861894988

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 8596

The rhinoceros’s horn and massive leathery frame belie its docile and solitary nature, causing the animal to be consistently perceived by humans as a monster to be feared. Kelly Enright now deftly sifts fact from fiction in Rhinoceros. Enright chronicles the vexed interactions between humans and rhinos, from early sightings that mistook the rhinoceros for the mythical unicorn to the eighteenth-century display of the rhinoceros in Europe as a wonder of nature and its introduction to the American public in 1830. The rhinoceros has long been a prized hunting object as well, whether for its horn as a valuable ingredient in Asian medicine or as a coveted trophy by nineteenth-century big-game hunters such as Theodore Roosevelt, and the book explains how such practices have led to the rhino’s status as an endangered species. Enright also considers portrayals of the animal in film, literature, and art, all in the service of discovering whether the reputed savagery of the rhino is a reality or a legacy of its mythic past. A wide-ranging, highly illustrated study, Rhinoceros will be essential for scholars and animal lovers alike.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: England

Page: N.A

View: 8066

Giants of land, sea & air, past & present


Author: David Peters

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 73

View: 2783

Discusses body size in the animal kingdom and depicts giants from past and present, both individual specimens and those belonging to large species such as the prehistoric giants. Includes gate-fold pages showing the very largest animals.

Rhinoceros Blue


Author: Kenny Townsend

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595260926

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 356

View: 5325

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