Chapter

Introduction

in The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush

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/9780226074733.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a description of the second Jurassic dinosaur rush—a fierce contest to find, collect, and exhibit the world's first and (ideally) largest sauropod dinosaur. The rush began in the mid-1890s and spilled into the twentieth century, as the institutional setting for American vertebrate paleontology shifted from private collections to urban museums funded by large-scale philanthropy, including the American Museum in New York, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to treat the second Jurassic dinosaur rush with the book-length narrative history it deserves. Drawing liberally upon a rich archival record, the book covers the three major museums and all the personnel involved as intimately and as thoroughly as the documentary evidence allows.

Keywords: Jurassic dinosaur rush; vertebrate paleontology; urban museums

Chapter.  1849 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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