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Hatcher Heads 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/9780226074733.003.0011
Hatcher Heads West

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Early in 1901, work on a descriptive monograph on Diplodocus kept John Bell Hatcher pinned to his Pittsburgh desk, even as the weather warmed out West. When he finished on May 10, he hastened to Cañon City, Colorado, to survey W. H. Utterback's progress on the Garden Park quarry. Utterback had exposed a crescent-shaped swath of fossil-bearing bedrock approximately sixty feet wide by twenty-five feet deep. At the western end of the quarry, bones appeared in prolific numbers, some apparently associated together, most in a jumbled heap. Bones appeared at the eastern extreme in far fewer numbers. For the present, it was difficult to tell just what the quarry might ultimately produce.

Keywords: John Bell Hatcher; Garden Park quarry; W. H. Utterback

Chapter.  8119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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