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[dinosaur] Dinosaur sexual dimorphism? (Was Sue female?) + Last American Dinosaurs + more

Ben Creisler

Some more recent items:

Determining sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs (was Sue really a female?)



Tracking the Last American Dinosaurs through Time #2



Researchers Now Understand How the World's Largest Dinosaur Walked the Earth



Tom DeVries: 2016 Alf Award Winner



Larry Witmer's "dream job" as paleontologist



Steve Brusatte radio interview



Dinosaur tracks discovered during SVP 2016 Utah field trip



Dinosaur fossils found in boulders once used as guardrails in Colorado



Studying simosaurs from Iberian Peninsula (in French)



Oldest herbivore coprolite may belong to Diadectes



P. D. Brinkman (2016)
Edward Drinker Cope's final feud
Archives of Natural History 43(2): 305-320
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/anh.2016.0386

A notoriously combative Quaker naturalist, Edward Drinker Cope relished a good fight. His infamous quarrel with Yale palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh, which climaxed in 1890 when it became front-page fodder for the New York herald, was one of the great scandals of nineteenth-century American science. But it was not his last. By the 1890s, his once prodigious vertebrate palaeontology research programme was in tatters. Marsh's many triumphs had demoralized him, while a ruinous succession of unlucky mining investments had depleted his family fortune. Cope, the quintessential gentleman-naturalist, was compelled to pawn his fossil collections and seek a paying position in a university or museum. Unfortunately, he lacked the tact and the proper temperament to adapt himself to an increasingly professionalized American scientific establishment. Struggling and dissatisfied professionally, and facing a painful, life-threatening illness, Cope picked one final feud with Chicago's Field Columbian Museum and its embattled director, Frederick J. V. Skiff, over the thorny issue of scientific autonomy versus authority in America's natural history museums.