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Keyword: North America, Dinosaur
Producer: Mark Davis
Production: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

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Dinosaur Wars
Human Interest, History, Science - 1x53

In 1870, America's untamed West was dry, sparsely vegetated, and constantly eroding. But beneath the surface lay a treasure unlike any in the world: the bones of countless prehistoric creatures. For the emerging field of American paleontology, this discovery offered an opportunity to piece together and explain nothing less than the history of life on Earth, and to prove Darwin's hotly disputed theory of evolution. Dinosaur Wars is the story of two talented scientists, O. C. Marsh and Edward Cope, whose once professional rivalry soured into a bitter personal feud. Together, Marsh and Cope were responsible for identifying more than 142 different species and for introducing dinosaurs into the American imagination, but their legacy would be forever marred by two decades of ruthless infighting, espionage, and sabotage.

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