Othniel Charles Marsh, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Othniel Charles Marsh

American paleontologist

Date of Birth: 29-Oct-1831

Place of Birth: Lockport, New York, United States

Date of Death: 18-Mar-1899

Profession: zoologist, university teacher, paleontologist, pathologist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Othniel Charles Marsh

  • Othniel Charles Marsh (October 29, 1831 – March 18, 1899) was an American paleontologist. Marsh was one of the preeminent scientists in the field; the discovery or description of dozens of new species and theories on the origins of birds are among his legacies. Born into a modest family, Marsh was able to afford higher education thanks to the generosity of his wealthy uncle George Peabody.
  • After graduating from Yale College in 1860 he traveled the world, studying anatomy, mineralogy and geology.
  • He obtained a teaching position at Yale upon his return.
  • From the 1870s to 1890s he competed with rival paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope in a period of frenzied Western American expeditions known as the Bone Wars.

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