Genius Hour Update 2

Hello world,

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 haven’t had too much trouble because I set out a plan beforehand. The most challenging part is going to be doing the storyboard for the movie trailer and figuring out the resources I need for each of the scenes. I also need to decide on music, which hadn’t crossed my mind until I just watched a movie trailer a moment ago. I’m not worried about the TED talk because I like to present things and plan speeches, plus because this is stuff I’m interested in, I remember a lot of specific things from my notes, so it’s easy to talk about.


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.

Birds with teeth!

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.

First Genius Hour Reflection

Hello world,

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.

Genius Hour Post 1: The Dinosaur Wars!

Hello world!

Welcome to my Genius Hour Blog. This blog also doubles as a blog documenting my experiences at Brock Teacher’s College, and I may use it into the beyond when I enter the real world of teaching.

Every Genius Hour has to have a question, and here is my (awesome) question:

How did the Bone Wars influence/contribute to the fields of archeology and paleontology?

On this blog you will witness the journey as I discover how E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh proceeded to wreak havoc on the scientific world in the effort to be the best.
My goals for this project, in addition to learning for learning’s sake is to have something interesting to tell my kid when he/she goes through their inevitable dino craze.
Progress is a little difficult to measure with this sort of project, as it is not something like preparing for a 10 KM run, where you can watch the progress of your running times go down. My goal is to complete a major component of the Genius Hour each week.

That’s all for now.

Pictured below: Dinosaurs being awesome

Meyer-Rassow, Steven. “Cool Dinosaur Art.” (2015)
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Copyrighting, Creative Commons, and the Classroom

Sarony, Napoleon. (1882). “Oscar Wilde”
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“Talent borrows, genius steals”                        –Oscar Wilde

            Oscar Wilde may be everyone’s favourite aesthete, but when it comes to using ideas from the Internet, he is dead WRONG! When you create something, let’s say you take a photo, that image is protected by copyright laws, even if you don’t have that cute little copyright notice hanging around the bottom of the image. Copying, distributing, or using someone’s material you find on the internet, be it a picture, film, or story without the proper permission is an infringement of copyright. There is an exception for fair use (US) or fair dealing (Canada) which means that you can use someone’s material if it is for private study, research, or entertainment.

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