Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex by Lowell Dingus, Mark Norell

By Lowell Dingus, Mark Norell

From his beautiful discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex one hundred years in the past to the handfuls of alternative vital new dinosaur species he stumbled on, Barnum Brown led a notable existence (1873–1963), spending such a lot of it looking for fossils—and occasionally oil—in each nook of the globe. the most recognized scientists on the earth throughout the heart of the 20 th century, Brown—who lived speedy, dressed to the nines, gambled, drank, smoked, and used to be referred to as a ladies’ man—became as mythical because the dinosaurs he exposed. Barnum Brown brushes off the unfastened sediment to bare the guy in the back of the legend. Drawing on Brown’s box correspondence and unpublished notes, and at the writings of his daughter and his other halves, it discloses for the 1st time information about his existence and travels—from his formative years at the western frontier to his spying for the U.S. executive lower than disguise of his expeditions. This soaking up biography additionally takes complete degree of Brown’s huge clinical accomplishments, making it the definitive account of the lifestyles and instances of a unique guy and a superlative fossil hunter.

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While Brown was growing up on the western frontier, two titans of paleontology—Othniel Charles Marsh of Yale and Edward Drinker Cope of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia—were battling it out on the East Coast over who was the preeminent paleontologist in the country. The main front of their battle, however, was actually well to the west of Carbondale, in the lands that Brown and his father traversed on their trip. In personal terms, Cope’s life embodied a storyline of boom to bust, whereas Marsh’s embodied the opposite.

6 In essence, that was exactly the task that Barnum now faced. It was as if a farm boy from eastern Kansas had been given a tryout with the New York Yankees of the paleontological world, and Brown was determined to make the best of the opportunity. Or perhaps we should say the soon-to-be Yankees, because throughout the Cope-Marsh fray, the AMNH had been content to sit on the sidelines. Established in 1869, the museum spent the next two decades developing collections related to scientific disciplines other than paleontology.

7 While Cope immediately began to prepare a scientific paper on the fossils, Marsh took a different course, presenting Lakes with a contract to hire him as a collector and secure his present and future collections from the site. Elated, Lakes wrote to Cope, explaining the new arrangement and request- 2 2 s t u d e n t . . o f s o r t s ing that Cope forward the fossils he had sent on to Marsh. Cope, though incensed, was powerless to stop the transaction.  W. Lucas, collected from the same rock unit, exposed at Garden Park, outside Cañon City, about 125 miles southwest of Morrison.

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