25b. Holland Makes Hay, 1910


Before publishing this paper, Holland presented it to the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, and he illustrated his talk with projected images from a stereopticon.  One of the images was what Holland called the “skeletal monstrosity perpeterated by Tornier.  As a contribution to the literature of caricature the success achieved is remarkable.”  He must have brought the house down when he got to figure 9, which shows how the Tornier version of Diplodocus must have moved.  “It has been suggested that kindly Nature, to meet the requirements of the case, must have channeled the surface of the earth and provided the Diplodocus and its allies with troughs… The Diplodocus must have moved in a groove or a rut.  This might perhaps account for his early extinction.”


Holland, William J. "A review of some recent criticisms of the restorations of sauropod dinosaurs existing in the museums of the United States, with special reference to that of Diplodocus carnegiei in the Carnegie Museum," in: American Naturalist, vol 44 (1910), pp. 259-283.  This work is part of our History of Science Collection, but it was NOT included in the original exhibition.

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