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Author photo. Othniel Charles Marsh [credit: Smithsonian Institution Archives]

Othniel Charles Marsh [credit: Smithsonian Institution Archives]

Othniel Charles Marsh (1831–1899)

Author of The Dinosaurs of North America

Includes the names: Othniel C. Marsh, Othniel C. Marsh, Othaniel C. Marsh

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a staggering lifetime haul of thirty freight-car loads of fossils that helped establish Marsh’s reputation as a vertebrate paleontologist. Yet in his autobiography (1) an unpacific Quaker named Edward Drinker Cope—were at least as interesting. Marsh spent his entire personal fortune to maintain an army of bone .diggers in the field (1) and hostile Indians (1) and of riding for his life in the middle of a stampeding herd of buffalo (1) and the Sioux Nation. His enemies—notably his bitter scientific rival (1) braving bad water (1) Dinocerata (1) dinosaurs (2) Eocene period (1) fossil mammals (1) fossils (1) from all over the West (1) his thoughts turned away from impressive deeds and back to the time when as a young assistant professor he had led parties of Tale seniors over the high plains and central Rockies (1) history of biology (1) history of science (1) in search of fossils. What the aging Marsh savored in his memory was the still-vivid thrill of hobnobbing with hard-bitten cavalrymen and notorious characters like Buffalo Bill (1) North America (2) of which he completed only five fragmentary chapters before his death in 1899 (1) Othmel Charles Marsh lived a strenuous life full of achievement. He helped found the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the United States Geological Survey. He exposed the Indian Ring in the Grant administration and forced the resignation of a Cabinet (1) paleontology (2) QE862.D58.Mar.Din (1) Secretary of the Interior Columbus Delano. He served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for three consecutive terms. His friends included Charles Darwin (1) the wind in his face and a canny Indian pony beneath him. (1) Thomas Huxley (1) treasure (1) voracious insects (1) who eventually shipped to the Peabody (1) Wyoming (1)
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