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Edwin Harris Colbert

Edwin Harris Colbert, paleontologist, museum curator. Recipient John Strong Newberry prize Columbia University, 1931, American Museum Natural History medal, 1970, National Ghost Ranch Foundation Special award, 1986, Distinguished Alumni award Department Geology, University Nebraska, 1986, George W. Clinton award The Buffalo Society Natural Sciences, 1987, Hayden medal Geological award Academy National Sciences Philadelphia, 1996.

Background

  • Colbert, Edwin Harris was born on September 28, 1905 in Clarinda, Iowa, United States. Son of George Harris and Mary (Adamson) Colbert.

  • Education

    • Student, Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, 1926. Bachelor, University Nebraska, 1928. Doctor of Science, University Nebraska, 1973.

      AM, Columbia University, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1935. Doctor of Science, University Arizona, 1976.

      Doctor of Science, Wilmington College, 1984.

    Career

    • Student assistant University Museum University Nebraska, 1926-1929. University fellow Columbia University, 1929-1930, lecturer department zoology, 1938-1939, professor vertebrate paleontology, 1945-1969, professor emeritus, from 1969. Research assistant American Museum Natural History, 1930-1932, assistant curator, 1933-1942, acting curator, 1942, curator, 1943, chairman department amphibians and reptiles, 1943-1944, curator of fossil reptiles and amphibians, 1945-1970, chairman department geology and paleontology, 1958-1960, chairman department vertebrate paleontology, 1960-1966, curator emeritus, since 1970.

      Honorary curator vertebrate paleontology Museum Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, since 1970.

    Works

    • The Age of Reptiles
    • Concise detailed review — amply illustrated — of the astonishing creatures that ruled the earth for some 180 million years, with particular emphasis on the tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates that lived during the years of reptilian dominance).
    • The Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch
    • One of the great mysteries of the ancient past lies within a small quarry in the American southwest, and concerns a carnivorous dinosaur, coelophysis, that was no bigger than a large dog.

    Membership

    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society (vice president 1963), New York Zoological Society. Member Society Vertebrate Paleontology (secretary-treasurer 1944-1946, president 1946-1947, Romer-Simpson medal 1989), Society Mammalogy, Society Ichthyology and Herpetology, Society for Study Evolution (editor 1950-1952, vice president 1957, president 1958), National Academy of Sciences (Daniel Giraud Elliot medal 1935), Sigma Xi.

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    • Married Margaret Mary Matthew, July 8, 1933. Children: George Matthew, David William, Philip Valentine, Daniel Lee, Charles Diller.
    • father: George Harris Colbert
    • mother: Mary (Adamson) Colbert
    • spouse: Margaret Mary Matthew
    • children: George Matthew Colbert
    • David William Colbert
    • Philip Valentine Colbert
    • Daniel Lee Colbert
    • Charles Diller Colbert
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    Born September 28, 1905
    Died November 15, 2001
    (aged 96)
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    • 1926
      Northwest Missouri State Teachers College
    • 1928
      University Nebraska
    • 1973
      University Nebraska
    • 1930
      Columbia University
    • 1935
      Columbia University
    • 1976
      University Arizona
    • 1984
      Wilmington College
    • 1926 - 1929
      Student assistant, University Museum University Nebraska
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      • department zoology
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      • Author: Evolution of Vertebrates, 1955, 60, 80, 91, (with M. Morales) Millions of Years Ago, 1958, Dinosaurs, 1961, (with M. Kay) Stratigraphy and Life History, 1965, The Age of Reptiles, 1965, 97, Men and Dinosaurs, 1968, Wandering Lands and Animals, 1973, The Year of the Dinosaur, 1977, A Fossil Hunter's Notebook, 1980, Dinosaurs: An Illustrated History, 1983, Digging into the Past, 1989, William Diller Matthew, Paleontologist, 1992, The Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch, 1995. Also science papers and monographs.
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      • book: Stratigraphy and Life History
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      • book: Stratigraphy and Life History by Kay, Marshall, Colbert, Edwin H. (1965) Hardcover
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      • book: Wandering Lands and Animals: The Story of Continental Drift and Animal Populations
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      • book: Wandering Lands & Animals, The Epic Story of the Drifting Continents & The Spread of Their Animals Through the Ages
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      • book: Wandering Lands and Animals, 1974, 323 pages with 99 figures.
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      • book: Wandering Lands and Animals: The Story of Continental Drift and Animal Populations by Colbert, Edwin H. (1985) Paperback
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      • book: WANDERING LANDS AND ANIMALS The Epic Story of the Drifting Continents and the Sp
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      • book: Dinosaurs: An Illustrated History
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      • book: Dinosaurs : An Illustrated History by Edwin H. Colbert (1986) Hardcover
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      • book: Digging into the Past
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      • book: William Diller Matthew, Paleontologist: The Splendid Drama Observed
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      • book: [(William Diller Matthew - Paleontologist: The Splendid Drama Observed )] [Author: Edwin H. Colbert] [Nov-1992]
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      • book: William Diller Matthew, Paleontologist ( Hardcover ) by Colbert, Edwin H. pulished by Columbia University Press
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      • book: The Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch
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      • book: The Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch by Colbert Edwin Harris (1995-06-01) Hardcover
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      • book: The Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch by Colbert, Edwin Harris (1995) Hardcover
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      • book: Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time
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      • book: The Age of Reptiles
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      • book: The Age of Reptiles by Colbert, Edwin H. (1997) Paperback
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      • book: The Age of Reptiles, 1965, The World Naturalist, 228 pages with 67 figures.
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      • book: The Age of Reptiles, 1965, The World Naturalist, 228 pages, 67 figures, 15 tables and a bibliography.
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      • book: THE AGE OF REPTILES. A Volume in The World Naturalist Series.
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      • book: Outline of Vertebrate Evolution (Biological Readers)
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      • book: The Incredible Journey Through the World of the Dinosaurs, Take a Trip Through Time Millions of Years Ago! (Die-cut Pages) Leap Into the World of the Dinosaurs Through the Series of Windows Cut in Pages - 2001 Edition
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      • book: The Incredible Journey Through the World of the Dinosaurs: Take a Trip Through Time Millions of Years Ago!
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      • book: Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time
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      • book: The Age of Reptiles
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