I need to learn about dinosaur digs in Montana from 1852 to 1890's. Was there much activity and who directed/funded the expeditions? What was the role of the local population (Native Americans, ranchers, miners)? Are there published dissertations/books/journals on the earliest discoveries?
I'd suggest you get hold of "The Life of a Fossil Hinter" by Charles Sternberg (Indiana University Press) and "Strange Genius, The Life of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden" by Mike Foster (Roberts Rinehart Publishers.
I obtained both books (excellent resources), and the information contained within proved valuable in creating the character of Philip Farnsworth, who appears in Untamed Hearts and Undaunted Hearts.
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