Video Lending Library Feature: “Dinosaur Wars” Profiles the Greatest Rivalry in American Paleontology

Dinosaur WarsAs if there weren’t enough wars in the world today, here comes one about paleontology. Two leading rival paleontologists of their day, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, would uncover the remains of dozens of prehistoric animals, including 130 species of dinosaurs, collect thousands of specimens; provide ample evidence to prove Charles Darwin’s hotly disputed theory of evolution; and put American science on the world stage. Their professional rivalry eventually spiraled out of control that led to espionage, destruction of fossils and political maneuvering that ultimately left both men alone and virtually penniless. American Experience’s “Dinosaur Wars”, I.D. 2076, DVD, 60 minutes.

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