Mr. Othniel Marsh (b.1831) was a paleontologist, heading the Peabody Museum at Yale. He engaged in the Bone Wars (see YIR Sept. 7, 2017), which did a great deal to promote field research in the West.
Despite his personality, he is accountable for naming over 80 fossil dinosaurs and other critters as well. He used Latin to help him out. Without Mr. Marsh, maybe We’d never know what to call them; Big Whatevers?
Rhinos find it fascinating to imagine a world millions of years before We were even thought of. Jeepers!