The Bone War

Back in the days when dinosaur bones were a hot commodity, there were two paleontologists, Marsh and Cope, whose friendship turned to bitter rivalry. They strove to outdo each other both professionally and unprofessionally, resorting to bribery, theft, and fossil destruction. Between the two of them, they unearthed a fantastic number of new dinosaur species, but at the cost of their reputations. I thought the Bone Wars would be fantastic material for a TV show or movie, so I threw together a preliminary screenplay. I may have sauced up the historical facts a little for, as far as I know, Cope and Marsh never tried to actually kill each other, but it’s more fun this way. Think of it as There Will be Blood, but with dinosaur bones instead.

The Bone War