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Author Nieuwland, Ilja, 1970- author

Title American dinosaur abroad : a cultural history of Carnegie's plaster Diplodocus / Ilja Nieuwland
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 318 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: A convoluted dinosaur -- Dinomania : giant sloths, sea snakes, and concrete contraptions -- His Majesty notices a drawing : the tradition of copying dinosaurs -- Getting Diplodocus ready for the stage : from Pittsburgh to London -- "The years of wandering" : Germany -- Visite au Diplodocus : Paris -- "Properly messy" : crouching dinosaurs, national competition, and science reform -- Diaspora : from Rio to Madrid -- Conclusion: Diplodocus after Madrid - and after Carnegie
Summary In early July 1899, an excavation team of paleontologists sponsored by Andrew Carnegie discovered the fossil remains in Wyoming of what was then the longest and largest dinosaur on record. Named after its benefactor, the Diplodocus carnegii--or Dippy, as it's known today--was shipped to Pittsburgh and later mounted and unveiled at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1907. Carnegie's pursuit of dinosaurs in the American West and the ensuing dinomania of the late nineteenth century coincided with his broader political ambitions to establish a lasting world peace and avoid further international conflict. An ardent philanthropist and patriot, Carnegie gifted his first plaster cast of Dippy to the British Museum at the behest of King Edward VII in 1902, an impulsive diplomatic gesture that would result in the donation of at least seven reproductions to museums across Europe and Latin America over the next decade, in England, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Argentina, and Spain. In this largely untold history, Ilja Nieuwland explores the influence of Andrew Carnegie's prized skeleton on European culture through the dissemination, reception, and agency of his plaster casts, revealing much about the social, political, cultural, and scientific context of the early twentieth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-308) and index
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Subject Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 -- Natural history collections
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
Dinosaurs in popular culture
Dinosaurs -- Catalogs and collections -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
Dinosaurs -- Social aspects -- Europe
Diplodocus carnegii
Diplodocus -- Exhibitions -- Social aspects
Fossils -- Collection and preservation -- Political aspects
Natural history -- Catalogs and collections -- Political aspects
Paleontology -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Dinosaurs in popular culture.
NATURE / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
NATURE / Fossils
Natural history.
SCIENCE / General
SCIENCE / Paleontology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822986663 (electronic bk.)
9780822986669 (electronic bk.)