The Game of Ruthless Paleontology
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The Great Dinosaur Rush is on! It's 1880 and you're an eager paleontologist finding fossils in the American West. But your're not alone -- your rivals will stop at nothing to get the best for themselves!
In Bone Wars, players take the role of paleontologists during the great "Dinosaur Rush" of the late 19th Century. Out in the field, fossil hunters must survive natural disasters and attempts by other players to steal and destroy dinosaur bones. Back at the museum, the conflict continues when the scientists carry their battle to the newspapers and scientific journals as they race to achieve scientific immortality!
Most of the wild events in Bone Wars are based on things which actually happened. Edward Drinker Cope really did mount an elasmosaur's head on the wrong end of the skeleton, and then tried to buy up and destroy all the copies of the journal describing it. O. C. Marsh really did use his personal fortune to hire away all the best fossil collectors from rivals. And the indestructible Charles Sternberg had to outrun flash floods in western canyons. For a time the personal feud between Cope and Marsh involved everyone from the U.S. Geological Survey to the editors of the New York Herald.