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STL Science Center
26 January 2011
Gilmore, finder of skeletons
Oramel W. Lucas found scattered bones in 1877 that turned out to belong to Camarasaurus and sold them to Edward Drinker Cope. However, it was not until 1925 that a complete skeleton was found by Charles W. Gilmore. Gilmore worked with the Smithsonian Institute for a good portion of his life, from 1903 until his death in 1945, was a curator of fossil reptiles and mounted the world's first Triceratops skeleton. He worked with a good deal of Sauropods, so his discovering the first complete Camarasaurus isn't really much of a surprise.