Osborn's Sorry Valentine

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:
Osborn's Sorry Valentine

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On Valentine's Day, 1896, Henry Fairfield Osborn accepted the unwelcome resignation of Olof August Peterson, his skilled field assistant, who had worked for Osborn's department at the American Museum of Natural History for five years and was an expert fossil hunter. Fed up with his menial position, Peterson elected to accompany his brother-in-law, John Bell Hatcher, an ingenious fossil collector and geologist, on a Princeton expedition to Patagonia. His sudden departure left Osborn without a reliable field hand.

Keywords: Henry Fairfield Osborn; Natural History; fossil hunger; Olof August Peterson

Chapter.  7014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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