Agitate by Aleister Monkfish

Agitate by Aleister Monkfish. Cover design by James MacDougall.
Agitate by Aleister Monkfish. Cover design by James MacDougall.

Book Burning

burning book

Below is a list of some of the numerous books that were lost in the fire of 2012. It’s only now I can emotionally handle making this list and I will add to it as I remember things. While most of these are easily replaceable it kills me to see how much some of these out-of-print books go for!

Dinosaur Bone


This “rock” has been sitting in the basement of the family house for close decades. My grandmother Hazel Dawson found it back in the 1960s on a trip to the Alberta Badlands.  This fall I sent a series of photos of the “rock” to Carl Mehling of the Fossil Amphibian, Reptile, and Bird Collections, Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.

Mr. Mehling was kind enough to take a look and immediately confirmed that this was a dinosaur bone fragment. Unfortunately there is not enough of the specimen to identify the bone or the dinosaur type from which it came from suffice to say that the  hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs) and ceratopsians (horned dinosaurs) were the most common species in that part of the world.  Mr. Mehling stated “Your piece is most likely from within the Late Cretaceous and should be about 75-78 million years old.” Incredible and I thought it had been laying in the basement a long time.