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John Robert Horner

John Robert Horner, American paleontologist, researcher, curator. Achievements include discovery of a new genus of duckbilled dinosaur, Maiasaura; accomplishments include: the theory of endothermic metabolism in dinosaur development, of parental nurture of new-born hatchlings, that Tyrannosaurus rex was a scavenger; excavator of the Egg Mountain cache of dinosaur nests. With United States Marine Corps, 1966-1968; Vietnam.

Background

  • Horner, John Robert was born on June 15, 1946 in Shelby, Montana, United States. Son of John Henry and Miriam Whitted (Stith) Horner.

  • Education

    • Studied geology and zoology, University Montana, 1964—1966. Studied geology and zoology, University Montana, 1968—1972. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Montana, 1986.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Pennsylvania State, 2006.

    Career

    • Research assistant department geology, assistant curator, palenotology, department geological sciences, Museum of Natural History Princeton University, New Jersey, 1975-1982. Curator paleontology Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Bozeman, since 1982. Regents professor paleontology Montana State University, since 2001.

      Research scientist American Museum National History, New York City, 1980-1982. Lecturer in field; Sigma XI National lecturer, 1987-1989, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1997-1998.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of a new genus of duckbilled dinosaur, Maiasaura. Accomplishments include: the theory of endothermic metabolism in dinosaur development, of parental nurture of new-born hatchlings, that Tyrannosaurus rex was a scavenger. Excavator of the Egg Mountain cache of dinosaur nests.

    Works

    • Dinosaurs in Australia: Mesozoic Life from the Southern Continent
    • * First primary reference work providing an up-to-date summary of the latest discoveries, their source localities and current research * Fully illustrated in color throughout with three double-page spread original artworks and 12 original reconstructions of key animals * Foreword by Tim Flannery Over the last few decades, our understanding of what Australia was like during the Mesozoic Era has changed radically.
    • Dinosaurs in Australia: Mesozoic Life from the Southern Continent
    • * First primary reference work providing an up-to-date summary of the latest discoveries, their source localities and current research * Fully illustrated in color throughout with three double-page spread original artworks and 12 original reconstructions of key animals * Foreword by Tim Flannery Over the last few decades, our understanding of what Australia was like during the Mesozoic Era has changed radically.
    • Dinosaurs in Australia: Mesozoic Life from the Southern Continent
    • * First primary reference work providing an up-to-date summary of the latest discoveries, their source localities and current research * Fully illustrated in color throughout with three double-page spread original artworks and 12 original reconstructions of key animals * Foreword by Tim Flannery Over the last few decades, our understanding of what Australia was like during the Mesozoic Era has changed radically.
    • Digging Up Dinosaurs
    • Written for kids ages eight to twelve, Digging Up Dinosaurs, by world-renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, is chock full of fun and fascinating information about fossils in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

    Membership

    With United States Marine Corps, 1966-1968.

    Connections

    • Married Virginia Lee Seacotte, March 30, 1972 (divorced 1982). 1 child, Jason James. Married Joann Katherine Raffelson, October 3, 1986 (divorced 1994).

      Married Celeste Claire Roach, January 21, 1995 (divorced 2005).
    • father: John Henry Horner
    • mother: Miriam Whitted (Stith) Horner
    • spouses: Virginia Lee Seacotte
    • Joann Katherine Raffelson
    • Celeste Claire Roach
    • child: Jason James Horner
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    Born June 15, 1946
    (age 70)
    Nationality
    • 1986
      University Montana
    • 2006
      Pennsylvania State
    • 1975 - 1982
      Research assistant, curator
      New Jersey, United States
    • 1975 - 1982
      assistant, curator
      New Jersey, United States
    • 1982
      curator paleontology Museum of the Rockies
      Bozeman, Montana, United States
    • 2001
      Regents professor, paleontology Montana State University