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Patrons of Paleontology
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. 1. The Beginnings of Government Support for Paleontology
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. 2. Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century Paleontologists and Patrons
  2. pp. 28-49
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  1. 3. Developments in Government Support for Paleontology in the United States between 1830 and about 1880
  2. pp. 50-109
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  1. 4. Paleontology in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Surveys Outside the United States
  2. pp. 110-124
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  1. 5. Government Support for Paleontology in the Late Nineteenth Century and the Turn of the Twentieth Century: 1880 to about 1940
  2. pp. 125-157
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  1. Conclusion: The Chain of Paleontology
  2. pp. 158-172
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  1. Appendix: Glossary of Prominent Patrons and Paleontologists
  2. pp. 173-198
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  1. Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. Bibliography of Secondary Sources
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-234
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