Björn Kurtén

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Björn Olof Lennartson Kurtén (Vaasa, 19 novembre 1924Helsinki, 28 dicembre 1988) è stato un paleontologo e scrittore finlandese specializzato nello studio dei vertebrati.

Apparteneva alla minoranza svedese in Finlandia. È stato l'autore di una nota serie di libri inerenti l'incontro dell'uomo moderno con i Neanderthal, come La danza della tigre. Quando gli venne chiesto a quale genere appartenessero le sue opere, coniò il termine paleofiction.[senza fonte] In seguito questo genere verrà reso popolare da Jean M. Auel nella sua saga de I figli della Terra.

Negli anni ottanta Kurtén diresse inoltre una serie TV in 6 parti sull'era glaciale, cooprodotta da alcuni canali televisivi scandinavi.

Opere[modifica | modifica sorgente]

Narrativa[modifica | modifica sorgente]

  • Det nya jaktplanet (Schildt 1941)
  • Spåret från Ultima Esperanza (Förlaget Bro 1945)
  • De tre korsen (Schildt 1948)
  • Den svarta tigern (Alba 1978)
  • 63 förstenade hjärtan (Alba 1980)
  • Mammutens rådare (Alba, 1984)

Saggi[modifica | modifica sorgente]

  • De skuldlösa mördarna, 1987

Opere scientifiche[modifica | modifica sorgente]

  • A history of coyote-like dogs (Canidae, Mammalia) (Societas scientarum Fennica 1974)
  • A radiocarbon date for the cave bear remains (Ursus spelaeus) from Odessa (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1969)
  • Age groups in fossil mammals (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1953)
  • An attempted parallelization of the Quaternary mammalian faunas of China and Europe (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1960)
  • Bears and bear-dogs from the Vallesian of the Vallés-Penedés basin, Spain (Miguel Crusafont Pairón kanssa; Societas scientarum Fennica 1976)
  • Before the Indians (Columbia University Press 1988)
  • Björnen från Drakhålan (Aldus 1975)
  • Chronology and faunal evolution of the earlier European glaciations (Socieas scientiarum Fennica 1960)
  • Continental drift and the palaeogeography of reptiles and mammals (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1967)
  • De skuldlösa mördarna (Alba 1987)
  • Den felande länken (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1962)
  • Dinosaurernas värld (Aldus/Bonnier 1968)
  • Faunal turnover dates for the Pleistocene and late Pliocene (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1960)
  • Fossil Glutton (Gulo gulo (L.)) from Tornewton Cave, South Devon (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1973)
  • Geographic variation in size in the puma (Felis concolor) (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1973)
  • Holarctic land connexions in the early Tertiary (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1966)
  • Hur man fryser in en mammut (Alba 1981)
  • Inte från aporna (Söderström 1971)
  • Istiden (Forum 1969)
  • Istidens djurvärld (Aldus/Bonnier 1964)
  • Late-glacial find of arctic fox [Alopex lagopus L.] from southwestern Finland (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1966)
  • Life and death of the pleistocene cave bear (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1958)
  • Människans ursprung och utveckling (Bibliotekstjänst 1982)
  • Människans utveckling (Aldus/Bonnier 1963)
  • Människans utvecklingshistoria; Ihmisen kehityshistoria (Yleisradio 1973)
  • Några drag ur människans tidiga utvecklingshistoria (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1959)
  • Några paleobiogeografiska problemställningar (1971)
  • Observations on allometry in mammalian dentitions (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1954)
  • On evolution and fossil mammals (Columbia University Press 1988)
  • On the articulation between the thoracic tergites of some common trilobite forms (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1949)
  • On the bears of the Holsteinian interglacial (1959)
  • On the date of Peking Man (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1960)
  • On the evolution of the European wild cat, Felis silvestris Schreber (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1965)
  • On the longevity of mammalian species in the Tertiary (Socieas scientiarum Fennica 1958)
  • On the variation and population dynamics of fossil and recent mammal populations (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1953)
  • Pleistocene bears of North America 1 (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1966)
  • Pleistocene bears of North America 2 (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1967)
  • Pleistocene jaguars in North America (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1973)
  • Pleistocene mammals and the Bering bridge (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1966)
  • Pleistocene mammals of Europe (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1968)
  • Pleistocene mammals of North America (Elaine Andersonin kanssa; Columbia University Press 1980)
  • Sex dimorphism and size trends in the cave bear, Ursus spelaeus Rosenmüller and Heinroth (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1955)
  • The age of mammals (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1971)
  • The age of the Austral-opithecinae (University of Stockholm 1960)
  • The Carnivora of the Palestine caves (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1965)
  • The Chinese Hipparion fauna (1952)
  • The evolution of the polar bear, Ursus maritimus Phipps (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1964)
  • The Neogene wolverine Plesiogulo and the origin of Gulo (Carnivora, Mammalia) (Societas pro Fauna et flora Fennica 1970)
  • The spottad hyena (Crocuta crocuta) from the middle Pleistocene of Mosbach at Wiesbaden, Germany (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1962)
  • The type collection of Ictitherium robustum (Gervais, ex Nordmann) and the radiation of the Ictitheres (Societas pro fauna et flora Fennica 1954)
  • Time and hominid brain size (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1971)
  • Transberingian relationship of Ursus arctos Linné (Brown and Grizzly bears) (Societas scientarum Fennica 1973)
  • Urmänniskor och sabeltigrar (Schildt 1961)
  • Villafranchian Carnivores (Mammalia) from La Puebla de Valverde (Teruel, Spain) (Miguel Crusafont Pairón kanssa; Societas scientarum Fennica 1976)
  • Villfrancian faunal evolution (Societas scientiarum Fennica 1963)
  • Våra äldsta förfäder (Liber 1986)

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