The Cope-Lucas Quarries were an amazingly productive series of fossil beds in Garden Park, an area just north of Cañon City, Colorado. They were first discovered 1877 by a local school teacher named Oramel W. Lucas, and excavated by him and members of his family for noted paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope. Lucas’s discoveries in Cañon City played a large part in the Bone Wars, the fierce competition between Cope and rival paleontologist O. C. Marsh. The Cope-Lucas Quarries helped turn the focus of the war to dinosaurs, and in so doing affected the course of American vertebrate paleontology.
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