A Monkey and a Parrot of a Time

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:
A Monkey and a Parrot of a Time

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John Bell Hatcher was the most talented and respected field paleontologist of his generation, but he struggled mightily to find his own level in the hierarchical world of American vertebrate paleontology. He became Carnegie Museum's new curator of paleontology following the departure of Jacob L. Wortman in late January 1900 and was undaunted by the prospect of working under museum director William J. Holland. Hatcher, who accepted the Carnegie Museum position and relocated to Pittsburgh within a day or so of leaving Princeton, eventually crossed swords with Holland; he was impetuous and strong-willed, and when he disagreed with the director he was very free with his opinions. Wortman, still bitter about his own experience under Holland, gleefully described the situation at the Carnegie Museum as a “‘Monkey and Parrot’ of a time” to a smug Osborn.

Keywords: John Bell Hatcher; vertebrate paleontology; paleontologists; curators; William J. Holland

Chapter.  8681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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