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Patrons of paleontology: How government support shaped a science
Davidson, J. (2017). Patrons of paleontology: How government support shaped a science. Indiana University Press: Indiana. ISBN 978-0-253-02571-5. 232 pp.
Part of: Life of the Past. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. , more

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Abstract
    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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