Patrons of Paleontology

Patrons of Paleontology : How Government Support Shaped a Science

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, North American and European governments generously funded the discoveries of such famous paleontologists and geologists as Henry de la Beche, William Buckland, Richard Owen, Thomas Hawkins, Edward Drinker Cope, O. C. Marsh, and Charles W. Gilmore. In Patrons of Paleontology, Jane Davidson explores the motivation behind this rush to fund exploration, arguing that eagerness to discover strategic resources like coal deposits was further fueled by patrons who had a genuine passion for paleontology and the fascinating creatures that were being unearthed. These early decades of government support shaped the way the discipline grew, creating practices and enabling discoveries that continue to affect paleontology today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 22.86mm | 725.75g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 65 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0253025710
  • 9780253025715

About Jane P. Davidson

Jane P. Davidson is Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is author of The Bone Sharp: The Life of Edward Drinker Cope, A History of Paleontology Illustration, and Early Modern Supernatural: The Dark Side of European Culture 1400-1700.
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Table of contents

Introduction: The Cost of Doing Business1. The Beginnings of Government Support for Paleontology2. Eighteenth-century and Early Nineteenth-century Paleontologists and Patrons3. Developments in Government Support for Paleontology in the United States Between 1830 to About 18804. Paleontology in Mid Nineteenth-Century Surveys Outside the United States5. Government Support for Paleontology in the Late Nineteenth Century and the Turn of the Twentieth Century: 1880 to about 1940Conclusion: The Chain of PaleontologyAppendix: Glossary of Prominent Patrons and PaleontologistsAnnotated Bibliography of Primary SourcesBibliography of Secondary SourcesIndex
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