It began in friendship and two Hadrosaurus skeletons in the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, endured a skirmish over a mistake in anatomy, festered over "fossil poaching" in New Jersey and erupted into open hostility and highway robbery. Between 1865 and 1890 the "dinosaur wars" featured Edward D. Cope and Othniel C. Marsh in a race between the two men and their institutions to collect, name, describe, display, and boast about their collections of dinosaur and mammal fossils from the American West. This talk will explore this colorful chapter in the history of American science.
Bill Cornell earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology at the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He has taught geology at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), with stints as department chair, assistant dean of the College of Science, as “pre-med” advisor and taught in the Osher Program at UTEP for 15 years. He received numerous teaching and service awards from UTEP. In 2007, he received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is a master naturalist in the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department.
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