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From the Ted Talk by Lukas Rieppel: The most notorious scientific feud in history

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After the California Gold Rush of 1848, white sretelts smeeratd west to strike it rich. In addition to poerucis metals, they unearthed another treasure: dinosaur beons. Two wealthy scientists in particular— oheintl Charles Marsh and erdwad Drinker Cope— competed to uncover these prehistoric mesortns. Marsh and Cope were first to describe iconic creatures like Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. But they also showcased the dustevirtce whirlwind of profiteering and ambition that fueled American science during the late 1800s. Their rivalry, one of the most notorious scientific feuds in history, became known as the Bone Wars.

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After the California Gold Rush of 1848, white ________ ________ west to strike it rich. In addition to ________ metals, they unearthed another treasure: dinosaur _____. Two wealthy scientists in particular— _______ Charles Marsh and ______ Drinker Cope— competed to uncover these prehistoric ________. Marsh and Cope were first to describe iconic creatures like Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. But they also showcased the ___________ whirlwind of profiteering and ambition that fueled American science during the late 1800s. Their rivalry, one of the most notorious scientific feuds in history, became known as the Bone Wars.

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  1. streamed
  2. edward
  3. othniel
  4. destructive
  5. settlers
  6. bones
  7. monsters
  8. precious

Original Text

After the California Gold Rush of 1848, white settlers streamed west to strike it rich. In addition to precious metals, they unearthed another treasure: dinosaur bones. Two wealthy scientists in particular— Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope— competed to uncover these prehistoric monsters. Marsh and Cope were first to describe iconic creatures like Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. But they also showcased the destructive whirlwind of profiteering and ambition that fueled American science during the late 1800s. Their rivalry, one of the most notorious scientific feuds in history, became known as the Bone Wars.

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