Saturday, January 25, 2014

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.

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