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Conclusion: What's the Rush?

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/9780226074733.003.0014
Conclusion: What's the Rush?

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The second Jurassic dinosaur rush was a race among America's museum paleontologists to find the largest and finest sauropod dinosaur and to mount it for exhibit in a lifelike pose. Great size was obviously the special appeal of sauropod dinosaurs. During the second Jurassic dinosaur rush, newspaper accounts of field discoveries routinely touted the extraordinary size—more often than not, greatly exaggerated—of the dinosaur specimens collected by museum paleontologists. This sensationalist newspaper coverage, coupled with the proliferation of mounted dinosaurs in public museums in the early twentieth century, ignited American dinomania. The second Jurassic dinosaur rush also changed the practice of American vertebrate paleontology. In its new museum setting, paleontology found a rich new source of private philanthropic support, often solicited and controlled by entrepreneurial paleontologists such as Henry Fairfield Osborn or administrators like William Jacob Holland.

Keywords: sauropod dinosaurs; museums; paleontologists; Jurassic dinosaur rush; vertebrate paleontology

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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