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Re: Dr. Quinn & Paleontologist

Actually, it was Cope who had the head on the wrong end of the plesiosaur.

Mary Ann Turner
Yale-Peabody Museum

On Sun, 12 Mar 1995 04:52:21 -0500, 
John Schneiderman  <dino@revelation.unomaha.edu> wrote:

>On Fri, 10 Mar 1995, Martin Tillett wrote:
>>       My kids have informed me this evening that tomorrows Dr. Quinn Medicine
>> Woman Television Program on CBS will feature a paleontologist finding 
>> dinosaur
>> remains within sacred burial grounds of the nearby Native Americans. Another
>> Hollywood portrayal of dinosaur science. Might be interesting. So long for 
>> now.
>> Martin Tillett
>I saw the episode, the paleontologist (using a different name) was supposed 
>to be Cope. He did refer to another man back east who put the head on the
>wrong end of a dinosaur (Marsh, also using a different name). It's terrible 
>how the paleontologist is portrayed in the episode. Lots of errors in the 
>writing of this episode.
>The "paleontologist" identified a small femor as a sauropod toe bone. 
>Worst of all is how nearly everyone in town were familiar with dinosaurs.
>Oh, yes...the head was put on the wrong end of a plesiosaur.
>Why couldn't they portrayed the paleontologists role as more realistic, a 
>little historical research would have given them a wonderful story(s).
>It is my feeling that this kind of writing for T.V. only adds to the 
>misunderstanding and continues the kinds of stereotypes those interested 
>in dinosaurs are trying so hard to get rid of.
>What can I say...everytime something about dinosaurs is on T.V., I just 
>have to see it.  I'm always hopeful.
>---John Schneiderman (dino@revelation.unomaha.edu)