In July 1877, two railwaymen stumbled upon one of the world’s greatest palaeontological treasure troves. A series of terse telegrams from Wyoming announced the discovery of many fossil bones in the region around Como Bluff, a prominent ridge located close to the Union Pacific Railroad. The telegrams were dispatched to no less a personage than Othniel C. Marsh, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Yale University, who was quick to realize the potential of the site. Marsh’s talented and dedicated field assistants (the great man hardly ever went into the field himself) managed to secure many of the most productive quarries...

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