This talk–followed by book signing–throws open the doors to the Peabody, welcoming curious listeners to the abundant delights of the Museum’s storied past and present.
For 150 years, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has been remaking the way we see the world. Award-winning author Richard Conniff (‘73) recounts some of that story in his new book House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth (Yale University Press), introducing a colorful and sometimes combative cast of bold explorers, roughneck bone hunters, and visionary scientists. They are most famous today for wrestling Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and other celebrated dinosaurs. But they were also pioneers in fields from the rise of modern ecology to the development of Caribbean archaeology.
Richard Conniff, a 2012 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. A frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, Conniff is the author of several books, including The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth.