Geology | Paleontological feuds helped build fossil record
Paleontology is the study of the history of life. It’s a fascinating field, but sometimes the
history of paleontology is just as interesting.
I’ve written before about the famous feud between Edward Drinker Cope of Philadelphia and
Othniel Charles Marsh of Yale during the 1870s and ’80s. In person and in print, they called each
other cheats, liars, frauds and madmen as they tried to outdo each other in discovering and naming
dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.