Dinosaurs are Art
Joseph Leidy and Edward Drinker Cope were the first men to understand that dinosaur fossils could attract the same public attention and reverence as classic sculptures and paintings. In 1868, they hired artist Benjamin Waterhouse to erect a hadrosaur skeleton for viewing in Philadelphia. The response was literally overwhelming. So many people clamored to see the hadrosaur that the museum quickly had to move to a larger building. Even today, the most crowded section of any natural history museum will invariably be the hall of dinosaurs.