Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope

Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope

by Rebecca L. Johnson

Hardcover(Library Binding)

$33.32

Overview

In the 1880s, science witnessed a major shift: Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. People dug up the first dinosaur fossils. And the field of paleontology—the study of ancient plants and animals—emerged.

Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope became enthralled with these new ideas, discoveries, and developments. Both were determined to become world-famous paleontologists. When they met in 1863, they started off as friends. But within a few years, competition drove the men apart. Each fought bitterly to discover more fossils, name more species, and publish more papers than the other. In their haste to outdo each other, they both produced some shoddy work. The resulting confusion took many years to discover and correct, and their toxic relationship crippled the field of paleontology for decades afterward.

However, the competition also produced a wealth of fossils. These laid a firm foundation for the field of paleontology and supported Darwin's theory of evolution. Marsh's and Cope's discoveries generated keen public interest in prehistoric life and rich data for future generations of paleontologists. This book explores the great rivalry between Marsh and Cope, showing how it brought out the best and the worst in them—while bringing humankind a brand-new view of life on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761354888
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Scientific Rivalries and Scandals Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rebecca L. Johnson writes award-winning nonfiction for children and young adults about scientific discoveries and the scientists who make them. She hopes her books will inspire new generations of scientists by introducing readers to some of the remarkable species with whom we share the planet. Learn more at www.rebeccajohnsonbooks.com.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Bitter Rivalry 4

Chapter 2 Competition 12

Chapter 3 Bridger Basin 22

Chapter 4 Distant Enemies 30

Chapter 5 Monster Bones 38

Chapter 6 Final Confrontation 48

Timeline 56

Glossary 57

Source Notes 58

Selected Bibliography 59

Further Information 60

Index 62

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