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George Bird Grinnell was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on 20 Sept. 1849. His father prospered after the Civil War with a wholesale dry goods business. He eventually developed an investment firm in which he hoped his son would develop an interest. While a student at Yale University, however, young Grinnell went on a fossil and dinosaur expedition to the west led by Professor O.C. Marsh. By 1874 Grinnell dissolved the investment firm his father had founded and moved to New Haven, Conn., to work with Mar...