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South American paleobibliographic citations



Amidst the growing number of South American dinosaurs,
the history of paleontology in the regions has been,
sadly, not as well documented as it should be. Maria
Margaret Lopes in Brazil has been doing the primary
historical research and documentation since the
publication of Susan Sheet-Pyenson's 1988 Cathedrals
of science: the development of colonial natural
history museums during the late nineteenth century
history.
Dr Sheet-Pyenson discussed the Museum of La Plata
(where Lydekker and von Huene did research on
theropods and sauropods), and the National Museum of
Buenos Aires.
Maria Margaret Lopes provides one with further data
in:
Silvia Fernanda de Mendonca Figueiroa & Maria Margaret
Lopes, eds., 1994. Geological sciences in Latin
America: scientific realtions and exchanges
(Universidade Estadual de Campinas: Instituto de
Geociencias), 402pp
Maria Margaret Lopes & Irina Podgorny, 2001. The
shaping of Latin American museums of natural history,
1850-1990. Osiris (2)15:108-118.
Among the many figures, one need only mention
Florentino Ameghino's work on Cenozoic "terror birds"
(he also believed that human beings evolved first in
South America, not in Africa); Hermann von Ihering,
whose studies of K/T mollusks resulted in a 1907
monograph showing the links between taxa in South
America and Africa and Australasia (viz., they were
connected by land bridges). Both, in letters to each
other, complained bitterly of the patronizing attitude
exhibited by Princeton paleontological expeditions to
Patagonia. Florentino Ameghino and Hermann Konrad
Burmeister, director of the natural history museum in
Buenos Aires, believed that hominids existed alongside
extinct mammals in both "Old" and "New" worlds.

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