Othniel Marsh
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1831
Date of Death: 1899
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Occupation: Paleontologist
Professional Affiliations: Yale University
Fictional Appearances:
"The Green Buffalo"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Othniel Charles Marsh (October 29, 1831 - March 18, 1899) was one of the pre-eminent paleontologists of the 19th century, who discovered and named many fossils found in the American West. Among other things, Marsh is credited with identifying the first Triceratops fossils as dinosaurs, although between 1887 and 1888, he was quite convinced that the fossils were a bison species.  

Throughout the closing decades of the 19th Century, Marsh was engaged in a bitter rivalry with fellow paleontologist, Edward Drinker Cope, which produced a series of expeditions to the Western United States that came to be called the "Bone Wars".

Othniel Marsh in "The Green Buffalo"[]

In 1890, while on a dig in Wyoming for Othniel Charles Marsh, John Bell Hatcher found a number of Triceratops fossils. Ironically, Hatcher unwittingly ate a Triceratops which had somehow been brought to the present, and then killed by hunters in Hatcher's employ, who mistook the dinosaur for some sort of diseased buffalo.[1]

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  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pgs. 141-145.