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The Bone Wars, also known as the Great Dinosaur Rush, was a period of intense and ruthlessly competitive fossil hunting and discovery during the Gilded Age of American history, marked by a heated rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope (of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia) and Othniel Charles Marsh (of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale). Each of the two paleontologists used underhanded methods to try to outdo the other in the field, resorting to bribery, theft, and destruction of bones. Each scientist also sought to ruin his rival’s reputation and cut off his funding using attacks in scientific publications. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which scientific rivalry drives the conflict.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about scientists feuding? Do you feel it advances science or holds it back?

Art Prompt: Bone wars

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a famous scientific rivalry.

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