King of the Dinosaur Hunters

King of the Dinosaur Hunters

by Lowell Dingus
King of the Dinosaur Hunters

King of the Dinosaur Hunters

by Lowell Dingus



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Every year millions of museum visitors marvel at the skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures discovered by John Bell Hatcher whose life is every bit as fascinating as the mighty bones and fossils he unearthed. Hatcher helped discover and mount much of the Carnegie Museum's world famous, 150 million-year-old skeleton of Diplodocus, whose skeleton has captivated our collective imaginations for over a century. But that wasn’t all Hatcher discovered. During a now legendary collecting campaign in Wyoming, Hatcher discovered a 66 million-year-old horned dinosaur, Torosaurus, as well as the first scientifically significant set of skeletons from its evolutionary cousin, Triceratops. Refusing to restrict his talents to enormous dinosaurs, he also discovered the first significant sample of mammal teeth from our relatives that lived 66 million years ago. The teeth might have been minute, but this extraordinary discovery filled a key gap in humanity’s own evolutionary history.Nearly one hundred and twenty-five years after Hatcher’s monumental “hunts” ended, acclaimed paleontologist Lowell Dingus invites us to revisit Hatcher’s captivating expeditions and marvel at this real-life Indiana Jones and the vital role he played in our understanding of paleontology.

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ISBN-13: 9781681779300
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 47 MB
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About the Author

Lowell Dingus, Ph.D., is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as well as at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has directed numerous significant fossil exhibits and has led various paleontological expeditions around the world, including the Patagonian excavation that uncovered the first fossilized skin from an embryonic dinosaur. He has coauthored several books, including Walking on Eggs and The Mistaken Extinction. Lowell lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Genera ix

Prologue xxiii

Section I 1861-1884 1

1 Becoming Marsh's Minion 3

2 Marsh: The Master 12

Section II 1884-1893 29

3 Wrestling with Rhinos, as well as Authority 31

4 Messin' with Texas and Returning for Rhinos 41

5 Thunder Beasts 56

6 Tracking Triceratops and Mining Mini-Mammals 85

7 Pondering Other Options 104

8 Hail the Hadrosaurs and Trumpet Torossurus 129

9 An Unexpected Ending 152

Section III 1893-1900 179

10 From Princeton to the Plains with an Eye on Patagonia 181

11 A Tango with the Tides among Patagonian Panoramas 211

12 Discovery followed by Disease and Disappointment 239

Section IV 1900-1904 267

13 Carnegie's Colossus 269

14 Hatcher's Hiring and Shenanigans at Sheep Creek 290

15 Documenting Diplodocus along with a Massive Menagerie 318

16 An Eruption of Research and Astonishing Acquisitions 346

17 The Curtain Closes 378

18 Woe and Wrangling in the Wake 392

Epilogue 411

Appendix 1 Contracts and Agreements Between O. C. Marsh and J. B. Hatcher 427

Appendix 2 Year-By-Year Lists of Specimens Collected by Hatcher and His Field Crews 433

Bibliography for John Bell Hatcher 471

References Other Than Hatcher's Publications 475

Endnotes 481

Acknowledgments 503

Index 507

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