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The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club

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The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club
Megatherium is the genus of an extinct 20-foot-long South American ground sloth. It was also the name of a very exclusive club. The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 in Washington, DC, a town not known for science at that time. That meant it offered wide open opportunities for young, adventurous scientists to get in on the ground floor of a project that could afford to fund their expeditions, experiments, and writing. They could also hobnob with like-minded fellows in a shared boardinghouse...
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