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The dinosaur as social capital

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Science  21 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6446, pp. 1143
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax5532

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The first 6 months of 1905 saw two prominent, celebrity-studded, and copiously publicized unveilings of full-size dinosaur exhibits. In February, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York unveiled its Brontosaurus mount; in April, Andrew Carnegie's donation of a cast of Diplodocus carnegii (his "namesake," as he liked to call it) was presented to the British Museum in London. As Lukas Rieppel explains in his book, Assembling the Dinosaur, neither the timing nor the place nor the form of these events rested on coincidence.

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