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Re: Owen, Cope, Marsh, Osborn

In a message dated 96-06-24 11:15:10 EDT, Christopher Sirmons Haviland

>I'm a writer of screenplays, and at some point in the future I would like
>to write a feature film or MOW (TV movie of the week) script about one or
>several of these individuals.  I actually know very little about the
>beginnings of dinosaur bone hunting, but if there is an interesting story
>to tell with that as the theme, I may like to attempt it.

Certainly the Marsh-Cope feud would be great subject matter and I
emphatically agree with Stan Friesen:

>I would think that the Marsh-Cope feud would make a good western.
>It has all of the standards: claim-jumping, spies, bribery, switching
>loyalties, and maybe even a gunfight or so.

>Think of it - a war over fossil bones in the middle of the last of the
>Indian wars!!

But also, a potentially great story would be the life of Roy Chapman
Andrews highlighted by his famous Gobi desert expedition that
discovered the first dinosaur eggs. He was often romanticised as the
Indiana Jones of paleontology...

S.S. Lazarus