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Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope
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 paleontologythe study of ancient plants and animalsemerged. Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope became enthralled with these new ideas, discoveries, and developments. Both were determined to become world-famous ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope by Rebecca L. Johnson is a children's non fiction book scheduled for release on November 1 2012. The book details the scientific curiosity, and eventually rivalry, of two great names in paleontology. Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope were very different men, but they each had an intense love of learning that resulted in great discoveries and some less than stellar work in their efforts to out do each other. ...more
Fascinating story of the bitter rivalry that developed between Marsh and Cope over dinosaur bones unearthed in the latter half of the nineteenth century. While mentioning the various fossil discoveries and identifying some of the dinosaurs named by the two, this book really focuses on the rivalry between the two and each of their efforts to discredit the other. So many of the species are named that after a while my eyes would glaze over when seeing another scientific name. Despite that, I think ...more
A slim, dry but systematic account of the renowned conflict between two of this country's early paleontologists--which became, as the author rightly calls it, "unprofessional" and was childish no matter how you look at it. I would have liked to see more detail about their discoveries (and their errors), and the state of that new science during their careers, as well as about the techniques of finding and preparing fossils. Still, OK for a general picture.