DINOSAUR BONE WAR: Cope and Marsh's Fossil Feud.
Ages 9 and up. Random House. December 2006.
Story: The true, fascinating story of the bitter feud between
paleontologists Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh and their epic race to
discover dinosaur bones that would make them famous and revolutionize
the field of American paleontology. Includes period photographs,
drawings and historic documents.
Edward Drinker Cope was a charming man with a passion
for old bones. Othniel Marsh was a stickler for procedure when he
studied his fossil finds. They started as friends, sharing ideas
and information, but after Marsh tried to poach Cope's digging site,
they became bitter enemies. Their decades-long feud fueled their
desire to dig up more bones, to discover new species, and to find
ever bigger and more unusual dinosaurs. Through their competition,
the two men laid a far-reaching foundation for the brand-new field
A fascinating story told with an engaging narrative
technique, and well complemented by period photographs and drawings,
a map, a time line, and an author's note.
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