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The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

Paul D. Brinkman

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780226074726
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226074733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226074733.001.0001
The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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The so-called “Bone Wars” 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 expeditions—which involved new competitors hailing from leading natural history museums in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh—yielded 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, this book takes us back to the birth of dinomania, the modern obsession with all things Jurassic. It shows that these later expeditions were just as foundational—if not more so—to the establishment of paleontology and the budding collections of museums than the more famous Cope and Marsh treks.

Keywords: Bone Wars; Edward Drinker Cope; Othniel Charles Marsh; fossil collection; fossil discovery; dinosaurs; Jurassic; museums; dinomania

Book.  359 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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Introduction in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Scientists Wage Bitter Warfare in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Osborn's Sorry Valentine in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Wortman Assumes Charge in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Most Colossal Animal on Earth in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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An Overconfident Start in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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The Monster of All Ages in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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A Monkey and a Parrot of a Time in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Fossil Wonders of the West in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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Watch the Dinosaur Shrink! in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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