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The bonehunters' revenge : dinosaurs, greed, and the greatest scientific feud of the gilded age

Author: David Rains Wallace
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Edward Drinker Cope was a Philadelphia Quaker from a wealthy family, an old-fashioned naturalist in the Jeffersonian tradition. Othniel Charles Marsh, a farm boy who had risen to a Yale professorship, was the model of a modern scientific entrepreneur. Opposites in personality and background as well as in political orientation and scientific beliefs, they fought over fossils as bitterly as other men fought over  Read more...
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Wallace, David Rains, 1945-
Bonehunters' revenge.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
(OCoLC)607234392
Online version:
Wallace, David Rains, 1945-
Bonehunters' revenge.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
(OCoLC)608490038
Named Person: E D Cope; Othniel Charles Marsh; E D Cope; Othniel Charles Marsh; Edward D Cope; Othniel Charles Marsh; Edward D Cope; Othniel Charles Marsh
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Rains Wallace
ISBN: 0395850894 9780395850893 0618082409 9780618082407
OCLC Number: 41368365
Description: xiv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Assassination by Newspaper --
Prodigy and Heir --
Stepchild and Laggard --
Fair Prospects in Dirt --
Professor Marsh's Traveling Bone and Pony Show --
The Lone Philadelphian --
Babel at Fort Bridger --
Marsh the Reformer --
Cope the Explorer --
Huxley Anoints Marsh --
Dinosaurs and Fate --
An Inside Job --
The Slippery Slope --
Behind the Arras --
Cope Strikes --
The Herald Steams Ahead --
Marsh Strikes Back --
The Herald Steams Away --
Symmetries and Ironies --
Death --
The Skeleton Drummer --
Epilogue: Squabblers on a Raft.
Responsibility: David Rains Wallace.
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"Edward Drinker Cope was a Philadelphia Quaker from a wealthy family, an old-fashioned naturalist in the Jeffersonian tradition. Othniel Charles Marsh, a farm boy who had risen to a Yale professorship, was the model of a modern scientific entrepreneur. Opposites in personality and background as well as in political orientation and scientific beliefs, they fought over fossils as bitterly as other men fought over gold. With Indian wars swirling around them, they conducted their own personal warfare, staking out territories, employing scouts, troops, and spies. When James Gordon Bennett, the sociopathic publisher of the New York Herald, got wind of their feud, he stirred up an inferno that destroyed the lives of both men and scarred the reputations of many others, including John Wesley Powell, the director of the U.S. Geological Survey. In the aftermath, Powell's environmentally progressive ideas for limiting settlement of the West lost out to his opponents' laissez-faire boosterism, and the repercussions of the Bone War linger in many of the conflicts that rend the country today."--Jacket.

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