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Bone Wars: the Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew Carnegie's Dinosaur

By: Tom Rea

276 pages, Bw photos

University of Pittsburgh Press

Paperback | Apr 2004 | #148067 | ISBN: 0822958465
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #127300 | ISBN: 0822941732
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This is an account of how Andrew Carnegie obtained a world-class dinosaur skeleton for his newly founded museum in Pittsburgh.

An account of the intrigue, manipulation, rivalry, and skullduggery by which Andrew Carnegie obtained a world-class dinosaur skeleton for his newly founded museum in Pittsburgh.... A good read. - Bloomsbury Review; "[A tale] of hubris and humanity, power and pride.... Reads like a novel." - Billings Gazette; "A little known story about Diplodocus carnegil, the fossil... destined to be the most famous dinosaur of all time." - Deseret News; "Rea's book is charming, and especially good in telling the story of the minutiae of the field work." - TLS; "Includes not only the highly competitive world of the still-new science of paleontology in Wyoming and around the world, but Wyoming history and politics, Western railroading, Carnegie and his part in the steel business, the growth of Carnegie's adopted home city of Pittsburgh, and Antarctic exploration. It's an unlikely mixture that Rea pulls off well." - Jackson Hole News; "Carnegie's agent, a man named Holland, found himself drawn into a tumultuous race for the biggest and best skeleton yet. Very few tactics were considered too heinous to be employed by someone. As the museums and universities lured away and recruited one another's scientists and fossil prospectors, Holland explored loopholes in the land-claim laws that might allow him to take possession of land on which discoveries had already been made. Others, in the fields, smashed and destroyed dinosaur bones so that no one else would find them intact. Rea pieces together countless bits of information to construct an overall picture of this period of scientific discovery." - Booklist"

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Tom Rea, who grew up in Pittsburgh admiring the dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, lives in Casper, Wyaming, with his family. Now a freelance writer, for a dozen years he covered politics, education, and science for the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming's largest newspaper.

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