Vertebrate paleontology was not readily incorporated into interdisciplinary activities at the University of Chicago. During the university’s first forty years serious disputes arose over the subject’s parameters and departmental affiliation. Only after World War II did a cooperative, interdisciplinary program emerge. Changes in biology and geology influenced that development, but even more important were local research and educational initiatives that provided the impetus and resources to create an innovative program.
Biology, Geology, or Neither, or Both: Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Chicago, 1892–1950
Ronald Rainger; Biology, Geology, or Neither, or Both: Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Chicago, 1892–1950. Perspectives on Science 1993; 1 (3): 478–519. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00444
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