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Museum of Natural Mystery – Small Wonder # 3: “Eddie”

Edward Drinker Cope's Traveling Bones

Footnotes:

 

It’s unusual for someone whose entire career is built on studying bones to have their own skeleton become the subject of adventure and controversy, but that’s exactly what happened to Edward Drinker Cope after the Bone Wars. He met a bitter and destitute end, but his bones continued to travel America 100 years after his death.

 

Cope sitting at his desk being racist, presumably.

 

Sources:

Edward Drinker Cope and the Story of the Paleontologist’s Wandering Skull by Keith Plocek

Famous Paleontologist’s Skull Detours ‘Dinosaur Hunt’ : Science: Museum officials are outraged to discover that their skull specimen has been “borrowed,” taken around the world and photographed for a book. by Lauran Neergaard

The Bonehunters’ Revenge: Dinosaurs and Fate in the Gilded Age by David Rains Wallace

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