Discovery of Brontosaurus excelsus

by Anonymous on Jul. 26th, 2012

Brontosaurus excelsus vertebra - Sauropoda Plate XVII: Figure drawings by Frederick Berger and lithographed by Emil Crisand showing third dorsal vertebra in lateral and anterior views. Original lithograph from a series of Sauropoda plates produced under the direction of paleontologist O. C. Marsh, c. 1882.
Brontosaurus excelsus vertebra - Sauropoda Plate XVII: Figure drawings by Frederick Berger and lithographed by Emil Crisand showing third dorsal vertebra in lateral and anterior views. Original lithograph from a series of Sauropoda plates produced under the direction of paleontologist O. C. Marsh, c. 1882.Courtesy Mark Ryan Collection
In 1879, on the High Plains of Wyoming Territory, fieldworker William Harlow Reed discovered the first bones of a nearly complete dinosaur skeleton that Yale paleontologist Othniel Marsh would eventually name Brontosaurus excelsus. Arthur Lakes (another of Marsh's fieldworkers) made a watercolor portraying Reed (right) and helper Edward Ashley sitting among the sauropod's bones at Como Bluff's Quarry #10 (scroll to bottom of link page see the painting). More about the discovery can be found here. The mounted skeleton still stands at Yale's Peabody Museum in New Haven, Connecticut.

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