The men that are listed here all contributed to the early discovery,description and promotion of North American dinosaurs. They laid the fossil material and theoretical foundation upon which the paleontologists that followed built their hypothesis and theories regarding dinosaurs. None were creationists.
1. Joseph Leidy (born 1823-died 1891), worked for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was supreme American consultant in numerous scientific fields for five decades during the 19th century and is credited for being the founder of American paleontology.
2. Othniel Charles Marsh (born 1831-died 1899), worked for Peabody Museum at Yale University, New haven, Connecticut. Marsh is still famous for the “bone wars” with E.D. Cope and for his contributions to evolutionary paleontology. he was also known for his astonishing collection of fossils that he collected over a thirty year period and that are now on display or housed at Peabody Museum and the Smithsonian. He was responsible for putting a wrong skull on an Apatosaurus and calling it Brontosaurus. It was over a hundred years before this mistake was corrected. He also discovered stegosaurus, Triceratops, Anchisaurus and Camptosaurus.
3. Edward Drinker Cope (born 1840-died 1897), worked only for himself. He managed to spend his inherited fortune on the search for and collection of dinosaur and other fossils. He is still famous for the ‘bone wars” between him and Othniel Charles Marsh, and a prolific amount of published material regarding evolution, vertebrate paleontology in general and dinosaur specifically. He donated his brain to the Anthropometric Society for research concerning human intelligence.
4. Charles H. Sternberg (born 1850-died 1943), worked directly for E.D. Cope and also collected for the Geological Survey of Canada. He had a life-long career as fossil hunter. he helped pioneer the Canadian boom in dinosaur discovery and excavation from 1912-1917.
5. Henry Fairfield Osborn (born 1857-died 1935), worked at the American museum of Natural History, New York City, New York. He was the first curator of vertebrate paleontology and longtime president at the American Museum. He exhibited far-reaching influence on paleontology between 1890 and 1930 through his promotional and organizational skills at the museum.
6. Earl Douglass (born 1862-died 1931), worked for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was best known for his 1908 discovery and subsequent excavation of the dinosaur-bone quarry now known as Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah. He sent about twenty mountable dinosaur skeletons that were gleaned fro the rock he sent to the museum including Camarasaurus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus.
7. Lawrence Lambe (born 1863-died 1919), worked for the Geological Survey of Canada. He brought the dinosaur-bearing sedimentary deposits along the Red Deer river in Alberta, Canada, to the attention of paleontologist elsewhere in the world. He named several genera of horn-faced dinosaurs including Centrosaurus in 1904, Styracosaurus in 1913< and Chasmosaurus in 1914. The Duck-Billed Lambesaurus was named in honor of Lambe in 1923 by W.A. Parks.
8. Richard S. Lull (born 1867-died 1957), worked for Peabody museum at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. he studied dinosaur bones and tracks of the Connecticut Valley. He also wrote technical articles about dinosaurs found in other locations of North America such as Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Barosaurus, and Camarasaurus.
9. Barnum Brown (born 1873-died 1963), worked for the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York. He was described as always being exquisitely dressed and perfectly proper whether he was in the office, the lab, or the field. He discovered Triceratops in 1902 and Tyrannosaurus in 1908. He was the museum’s premier fossil hunter for over 60 years. He was known to museum insiders as “Mr Bones”. He discovered in 1912 at Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada, a dinosaur which he named Ancchiceratops in 1914.
10. Charles W. Gilmore (born 1874-died 1945), worked for the United States National Museum (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, D.C.. During his career, Gilmore named numerous dinosaurs including Alamosaurus, Brachyceratops and Thescelosaurus.
11. Edwin H. Colbert (born 1905-died 2001), worked for the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. He is known for his 1947 discovery of a large assemblage of Coelophysis dinosaurs at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. In 1989, after 42 years of research he finally published his 160 page monograph on Coelophysis.
None of these paleontologists believed that a worldwide flood in Genesis 6-8 was the cause for for the demise of the dinosaurs.But if it was not for them and their diligence in finding these fossils, we today would not have the opportunity in seeing these fossil specimens in the museums today.
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