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Author: Marc Aronson Narrator: Graham Rowat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781490684055
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Could griffins have been real?

When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold hunters in the Gobi desert.

The Griffin and the Dinosaur is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the griffin and invented a new science. Now she and others travel the world matching myths and fossils.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Graham Rowat’s lyrical performance is immediately engaging…His lively narration highlights the story’s historical details. Best of all, his sober yet whimsical tone is perfectly suited to this story…Rowat’s modulations convey Adrienne Mayor’s fascination with the natural world, stories, and Greek mythology…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Over the course of eight well-written chapters, information about Mayor’s life and research unfolds, letting readers travel to the many countries she visited to conduct her work…A solid addition about mythology, art, and science for most collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[A] forcefully written tribute to the thrill of archaeological discovery…As a largely self-taught researcher, rather than a pure product of academe, Mayor also provides a model for Aronson’s liberating, if arguable, contention that ‘anyone can become an expert, it just takes being patient, observant, and curious.’”


  • “Reading like a true detective story, Aronson with input from Adrienne Mayor herself, crafts and engaging account of dedication and resolve…There are many classroom applications for this title. It is an excellent biography of a resourceful woman, compliments units on storytelling and oral tradition, is an interesting examination of ancient people, and a glimpse into an exciting and fascinating branch of science.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the 2014 Eureka! Award

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About the Author

Marc Aronson is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies and Pick-Up Game, which he coedited with Charles R. Smith Jr.

About the Narrator

Graham Rowat, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a television and theater actor who is best known for his stage performance in Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia.