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152nd anniversary of G. A. Mantell's death and the short list of most important persons in the history of discovering fossils



Good day!
I'm sorry, but I just can't resist creating statistics, schemes, lists, etc. 
I've tryed to make a short list of the most (?) important persons in the 
history of geology and paleontology (+ collecting fossils and/or studying 
strata before the 19th Century). Included are only persons that aren't alive 
already. The order is according to the date of birth. I'm well awared of the 
fact, that this is a subjective selection and therefore any addings, 
corrections etc. are greatly appreciated. I also wasn't able to find a data for 
some persons, so please feel free to react. Vlad
P.S. Please excuse the (Europian?) habit of placing the number of days in front 
of months.


Anaximander of Miletus  610-545/6 BCE

Xenophanes of Colophon  570-470/8 BCE

Empedocles of Agragas  492(484)-432(424) BCE

Chang Qu  4th Century BCE (?)

Strabon  64-19(23,4,6) BCE

Pliny the Elder (Plinius Secundus) 23-79 CE

Fa Hsien  337-422 CE

St. Augustine (A. Augustinus) 13 Nov 354 - 28 Aug 430

Ibn Sina (Avicenna)  980 - 1037

Albertus Magnus  1193 (1206) - 15 November 1280

Giovanni Boccaccio  1313 - 21 December 1375

Leonardo Da Vinci  15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519

Konrad von Gessner  26 March 1516 - 13 December 1565

Athanasius Kircher  2 May 1601/2 - 28 November 1680

John Ray  1627 - 1705

Robert Hooke  18 June 1635 - 3 March 1703 

Nicolaus Steno  January 1638 - 1686

Robert Plot  December 1640 - 30 April 1696

Edward Lhuyd  1660 - 1709

John Woodward  1665 - 1718

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer  1672 - 1733

Georges L. de Buffon  7 September 1707 - 16 April 1788

James Hutton  3 June 1726 - 26 March 1797

Jean Baptiste Robinet  1735 - 1820

Charles Wilson Peale  1741 - 1827

Jean Baptiste Lamarck  1 August 1744 - 28 December 1829

James Parkinson  11 April 1755 - 21 December 1824 

Kaspar Maria von Sternberg  6 Jan 1761 - 10 Feb 1832/8

William Smith  23 March 1769 - 28 August 1839

Georges Cuvier  23 August 1769 - 13 May 1832

Georg August Goldfuss  18 April 1782 - 2 October 1848

William Buckland  12 March 1784 - 24 August 1856

William D. Conybeare  7 June 1787 - 12 August 1857

Gideon A. Mantell  3 February 1790 - 10 November 1852

Edward Hitchcock  24 May 1793 - 27 February 1864

Charles Lyell  14 November 1797 - 22 February 1875

Searless V. Wood  14 February 1798 - 26 October 1880

Mary Anning  21 May 1799 - 9 March 1847

Joachim Barrande  11 August 1799 - 5 October 1883

Ch. E. H. von Meyer  3 September 1801 - 2 April 1869

Adolph D'Archiac  24 September 1802 - 24 December 1868

Eduard de Verneuil  13 February 1805 - 29 May 1873

Leo Lesquereux  1806 - 1889

P. De Malpas Grey Egerton  13 Nov 1806 - 6 April 1881

Pierre E. P. Matheron  1807 - 1899

Benjamin W. Hawkins  8 February 1807 - 1889

Louis Aggassiz  28 May 1807 - 24 December 1873

Hugh Falconer 24 February 1808 - 31 January 1865

Charles Darwin  12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882

Thomas Wright  9 November 1809 - Nov 1884 

Paul Gervais  29 September 1816 - 10 February 1879 

Thomas Davidson 17 May 1817 - 14 October 1885

Benjamin Mudge  11 August 1817 - 21 November 1879

John William Dawson  13 October 1820 - 1899

Joseph Le Conte 1823 - 1901

Alfred Russell Wallace  8 January 1823 - 7 November 1913

Joseph Leidy  9 September 1823 - 3 April 1891

Peter Martin Duncan  20 April 1824 - 28 May 1891

Thomas Henry Huxley  4 May 1825 - 29 June 1895

Eudes Deslongchamps  1830 - 1895 (89)

Charles Othniel Marsh  29 October 1831 - 18 March 1899

Thomas Chesmer Weston  1832 - 1911

Alpheus Hyatt  1838 - 1902

Ferdinand Stoliczka  May 1838 - 19 June 1874

Henry Govier Seeley  18 February 1839 - 8 January 1909

Karl A. von Zittel 25 September 1839 - 5 January 1904

Edward Drinker Cope  28 July 1840 - 12 April 1897

Vladimir Kovalevski  1843 - 1883

William H. Reed  1848 - 1915

Richard Lydekker  1849 - 1915

Charles Hazelius Sternberg  1850 - 1943

Charles Doolittle Walcott  31 March 1850 - 9 Feb 1927

Samuel W. Williston  10 July 1852 - 1918

Charles Schuchert  1856 - 1942

Louis Dollo  1857 - 1931

Henry F. Osborn  8 August 1857 - 6 November 1935

William Parker Foulke  1858 - 1929

William Berryman Scott  1858 - 1947

Joseph Burr Tyrell  1858 - 1957

John Bell Hatcher  11 October 1861 - 3 July 1904

Earl Douglass  1862 - 1931

Eberhard Fraas  1862 - 1915

Lawrence M. Lambe  1863 - 1919

Vladimir A. Obruchev  1863 - 1956

Robert Broom  30 November 1866 - 6 April 1951

Bashford Dean  1867 - 1925

Vernon L. Kellog  1867 - 1937

Richard Swan Lull  1867 - 1957

William A. Parks  1868 - 1939

John C. Merriam  20 October 1869 - 30 October 1945

Ernst Stromer  1870 - 1952

William Diller Mathew  1871 - 1930

Walter Granger  1872 - 1941

Barnum Brown  1873 - 1963

Charles W. Gilmore  1874 - 1945

Richard Knight  1874 - 1953

Fridrich von Huene  1875 - 1969

Franz Nopcsa  3 May 1877 - 25 April 1933 

William John Sinclair  1877 - 1935

Werner Janensch  1878 - 1969

Alfred L. Wegener  1 November 1880 - 2/3 November 1930

Edwin Hennig  1882 - 1977

Childs Frick  1883 - 1965

George F. Sternberg  1883 - 1969

Roy Chapman Andrews  26 January 1884 - 1960

Afrikan N. Kristofovich  1885 - 1953

Charles M. Sternberg  1885 - 1981

Alexander Wetmore  1886 - 1978

J. B. S. Haldane  5 November 1892 - 1 December 1964

Alfred S. Romer 28 December 1894 - 5 November 1973

Levi Sternberg  1894 - 1976

C. C. Young  1897 - 1979

Roland T. Bird  1899 - 1978

William Winkley  1900 - 1976

George Gaylord Simpson  16 June 1902 - 6 October 1984

Glenn Lowell Jepsen  1903 - 1978

Louis Leakey  7 October 1903 - October 1972

Albert De Lapparent  1905 - 1975 

Zdenek Burian  11 February 1905 - 1 July 1981

Edwin H. Colbert  28 September 1905 - 13 November 2001

Ivan A. Jefremov  22 April 1907 - 8 October 1972 

Everett C. Olsson  1910 - 1993

Louis Alvarez  1911 - 1988

Mary Leakey  6 February 1913 - 1996

Eugenii A. Maleev  1915 - 1966

Stephen Jay Gould  10 September 1941 - 20 May 2002

J. John Sepkoski 26 July 1948 - 21 May 1999


Well, I wasn't able to find the dates for these: Richard Brooks, Joshua Platt, 
Hans Reck, Mary Ann Mantell, Arthur Lakes, O. W. Lucas, W. B. Sattler, W. E. 
Cuttler and Novojilov.

Thanks for any help, Vlad

"Despite, what we had been led to believe, the T. rex was not a scavenger at 
all. We clocked one at 50 km an hour."  John Parker Hammond, Jurassic memoirs, 
1997  
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