By Gary Raham
Fossils -- The tortuous street to fossilhood -- such a lot of fossils, so little time -- Fossils marking turning issues in life's evolution -- discovering and excavating fossils -- Fossils within the human relatives
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Cope later sent men into the same area and the two crews eventually got into fights that even resulted in the destruction of some bones by one party so the others could not have them. Marsh and Cope feuded from then on until Cope died in 1897. Marsh only outlived Cope by two years. Although Cope and Marsh described 135 species of dinosaurs between them, their behavior did not live up to the standards that scientists expect from fellow professionals. Marking Turning Points in Evolution 61 The Cenozoic: Mammals (and Flowers) Rule The Cenozoic saw the rise of all the major mammal groups, including horses, whales, monkeys, apes, and human beings.
Bureau of Land Management personnel excavate more than 300 square feet (28 square meters) of Green River Formation leaf and insect fossils to line the walls of a new museum in Vernal, Utah. The work also discovered new specimens to illustrate the Parachute Creek Atlas Project—an Eocene fossil plant record that complements work done on “flashier” vertebrate species. Mass Extinctions: Life on the Edge of Disaster The fossils associated with the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Eras stand out by their differences.
The site is now called Dinosaur National Monument, located near Vernal, Utah. 60 Fossils Schoolteachers Help Fuel the “Dinosaur Wars” Douglass was not the first one to find the Apatosaurus. That honor fell to schoolteacher Arthur Lakes (1844–1917), who discovered some huge bones in sediments near Morrison, Colorado—the location from which the Morrison Formation gets its name. W. Lucas found large bones in similar sediments near Canon City, Colorado. Lakes first sent his specimens to a paleontologist at Yale: Othniel Charles Marsh (1831–1899), who was famous, in part, for his work in uncovering hadrosaurs in Kansas.