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Fossil Wonders of the West

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/9780226074733.003.0009
Fossil Wonders of the West

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Henry Fairfield Osborn resented every success the Carnegie Museum enjoyed in the Wyoming Jurassic in 1899, a locality entered previously by his own institution. He particularly envied their acquisition of a beautiful, exhibit-quality skeleton of Diplodocus, a feat his own Department of Vertebrate Paleontology (DVP) had yet to accomplish, despite their two-year head start. The fact that it was Jacob L. Wortman, Osborn's embittered and recently departed former field foreman, who had engineered the Carnegie coup added insult to injury. Still, talented collectors were only a means to an end; what Osborn was really after was a comprehensive collection of vertebrate fossils. His chief interest, for the moment, was in gigantic Jurassic dinosaurs. Osborn's DVP controlled an extremely productive Jurassic locality at Bone Cabin Quarry in southeastern Wyoming. Thus far, it had failed to produce the complete sauropod dinosaur that Osborn was after, but continuous digging over the next several seasons was more than likely to fulfill this goal.

Keywords: Henry Fairfield Osborn; Jurassic dinosaurs; vertebrate fossils; Vertebrate Paleontology; Bone Cabin Quarry

Chapter.  8319 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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