Here is my weekly update on my Genius Hour. I watched the documentary I said I was going to watch, which gave me most of the information I need to answer my research question, and I looked at a couple other internet sources as well (see my previous post on birds with teeth as proof). At this point I need to organize my research so that I can answer in a coherent way how Cope and Marsh’s efforts influenced the world.
I’m planning on doing the storyboard for my movie trailer tonight, or over the next few days. It’s going to be awesomely ridiculous, so look forward to that. You’re welcome in advance.
|Chrisand, E. “Ichthyornis dispar specimen.” 1880.
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My research into my Genius Hour question continues, and I thought it would be interesting to provide a link to one of O.C. Marsh’s important papers defining a new sub-class of fossil birds, the Ordontonithes, or birds with teeth! This paper is important because it helps provide the link between reptiles and birds, providing physical proof of Darwin’s theory of evolution. It also was used as a way for certain politicians, such as Hilary Herbert to convince Congress to slash funding of scientific projects. “What are we doing financing books about birds with teeth?” he asks on the floor of Congress.
This rallying cry eventually leads to a reduction in funding and an elimination of the federally funded Department of Paleontology (and with it, Marsh as it’s Chief Paleontologist). The paper isn’t long, but it’s fun to get a glimpse of scientific history.
Welcome to the first reflection for my Bone Wars Genius Hour. As a refresher for those of you who haven’t checked out my Genius Hour proposal, my research question is “how did the Bone Wars (aka The Great Dinosaur Rush or the Dinosaur Wars) influence/contribute to the fields of archeology and paleontology?”
This post is going to be a very brief one because so far I haven’t started much of my Genius Hour research. The biggest update in my progress is I found the perfect documentary to watch that I think will provide me with the majority of the information I need to complete this adequately. It’s the Dinosaur Wars PBS documentary. You can watch the preview here:
I’m very excited to gather my information and even more excited to make the movie trailer. My plan is to get a ton of puppets from the IRC and make something that will blow your mind. Apart from that, I’ve been searching for interesting pictures I can share about the fossils and the expeditions, all will be revealed soon.
|Meyer-Rassow, Steven. “Cool Dinosaur Art.” (2015)
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|Sarony, Napoleon. (1882). “Oscar Wilde”
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“Talent borrows, genius steals” –Oscar Wilde