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The Desert Research Institute will award the 2006 Nevada Medal to
Cal-Berkeley geologist Walter Alvarez.

He led the investigation into the extinction of the dinosaurs and
thousands of other species 65 million years ago, eventually identifying
a comet or asteroid impact on the coast of Yucatan as the cause.

Rest of story:
http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060218/NEWS10/602180329
/1016/NEWS

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
 
Phone: 303-370-6392
Fax: 303-331-6492
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for PDFs of some of my publications, as well as information of the Cedar
Mountain Project: 
https://scientists.dmns.org/sites/kencarpenter/default.aspx