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On a collecting trip to the White Sands, New Mexico, G. Arthur Cooper (1902-2000), paleobiologist here at the National Museum of Natural History, stands beside his car used in the field, nicknamed the "Scarlet Harlot". Cooper came to the Smithsonian in 1930 as assistant curator to the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology and oversaw its division into the separate departments of Paleobiology and Mineral Sciences in 1963.

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