The Bone Hunters: The Heroic Age of Paleontology in the American West

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Lucid, nontechnical study presents the absorbing human, scientific and political dramas involved in the discovery and reconstruction of the gigantic reptiles, birds and other creatures who roamed the prehistoric West. Much of the book is devoted to the work of Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, two brilliant 19th-century paleontologists whose discoveries revolutionized the discipline, but whose bitter feud is legendary. "Excellently written...highly recommended..." — Science Books. 51 halftones. ...

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Overview

Lucid, nontechnical study presents the absorbing human, scientific and political dramas involved in the discovery and reconstruction of the gigantic reptiles, birds and other creatures who roamed the prehistoric West. Much of the book is devoted to the work of Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, two brilliant 19th-century paleontologists whose discoveries revolutionized the discipline, but whose bitter feud is legendary. "Excellently written...highly recommended..." — Science Books. 51 halftones. Bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486269177
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,407,605
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Scientist in the White House
2 Rocks and Fossils
3 Joseph Leidy
4 The Big Badlands
5 The Bone Hunters Come to the Sioux Country
6 Othniel Charles Marsh
7 Edward Drinker Cope
8 The Smoky Hill
9 Big Bone Chief
10 In Quest of the Great Sea Serpents
11 Bridger Basin
12 West of the Jemez
13 Marsh as Partisan
14 The Beautiful Judith
15 Super-Dinosaurs
16 "Dawn Horses" and Birds with Teeth"
17 Prince of Collectors: John Bell Hatcher
18 "The Triumvirate: Hayden, Powell, and King"
19 Cope As Financier
20 Revenge
21 After the Battle
Bibliography
Index
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