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The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush: Museums and Paleontology in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Hardcover – July 15, 2010
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The so-called âBone Warsâ of the 1880s, which pitted Edward Drinker Cope against Othniel Charles Marsh in a frenzy of fossil collection and discovery, may have marked the introduction of dinosaurs to the American public, but the second Jurassic dinosaur rush, which took place around the turn of the twentieth century, brought the prehistoric beasts back to life. These later expeditionsâwhich involved new competitors hailing from leading natural history museums in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburghâyielded specimens that would be reconstructed into the colossal skeletons that thrill visitors today in museum halls across the country.
Reconsidering the fossil speculation, the museum displays, and the media frenzy that ushered dinosaurs into the American public consciousness, Paul Brinkman takes us back to the birth of dinomania, the modern obsession with all things Jurassic. Featuring engaging and colorful personalities and motivations both altruistic and ignoble, The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush shows that these later expeditions were just as foundationalâif not more soâto the establishment of paleontology and the budding collections of museums than the more famous Cope and Marsh treks. With adventure, intrigue, and rivalry, this is science at its most swashbuckling.
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The reality of hunting for dinosaurs is still wonderful, but the workers in the field suffered much of the same stress that most of us encounter in our working lives: tight schedules and budgets, pressure to increase productivity, and occasionally, the coldly insensitive boss, as when Holland denied Peterson's request for some bereavement time after his brother-in-law, John Bell Hatcher, had died. Not to forget the heat, cold, and gnats.
Paul D. Brinkman has done what appears to be exhaustive research of the correspondence between the curators at the museums and the collectors in the field, as well as published scientific papers, to provide an in-depth look at the period of dinosaur paleontology immediately following the passing of Cope and Marsh. Marsh was opposed to mounting dinosaur skeletons, but published illustrations of reconstructed skeletons that, for the first time, provided the public with a vision of what dinosaurs may have looked like. Those illustrations served as the impetus for the race to mount a big, sauropod dinosaur skeleton, between three natural history museums: The American Museum in New York, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago.
For those of us who love dinosaurs, especially from the Jurassic Morrison formation, and most especially sauropods, this is a wonderfully thorough book, entertainingly written, and a great pleasure to read.
Having worked at several of the institutions and field areas featured within, and with senior generations of paleontologists who knew personally the major characters, this book has provided me with fascinating context and closer ties to the genesis of paleo as we know it today.
to read and presented in a style I personally like. Treating the
characters as people who have histories, personal lives and opinions is
great. A behind the scenes look at turn of the century paleontology and a
must read for anyone interested in paleontology and dinosaurs.