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A Sad Day

To echo Dan Varner's eloquent comments on the passing of Ned Colbert, what a 
loss indeed....his enthusiasm and love for our science, his energy and 
masterful skills as a writer as well as his discoveries and research all 
contributed enormously to dinosaur paleontology and kept it in the public 
interest, when that interest languished in the '40's and '50's. His 1954 The 
Dinosaur Book was my greatest literary treasure as a child, and one which 
shaped my first and for many years most vivid images of how these creatures 
lived. Like many others, I count myself fortunate to have met and chatted 
with him and his lovely wife, Margaret. What wonderful gifts he gave to 
paleontology, and to us all!

Mark Hallett