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WALCOTT, Charles Doolittle [1850-1927] -- paleontologist, Mary Clark Thompson Medal

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Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1921 1, U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

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Working the Walcott-Rust quarry (Herkimer County, NY) he found one layer (the "Ceraurus layer"), which yielded specimens uniquely preserved with calcified appendages, forming the basis of his earliest and still classic papers which first documented biramous limbs of trilobites.

In 1909 he discovered the fantastic Burgess Shale quarry, which he named in 1911. Excavations here were to occupy him for the remainder of his life. The degree of preservation of soft tissues in Burgess Shale fossils is remarkable.  -30-
 

Chronology

1870-1876
Developed the Walcott-Rust quarry
1879
Joined US Geological Survey (USGS)
1894-1927
Director of USGS
1896
Elected to National Academy of Science
1907-1927
Secretary of Smithsonian Institution
1909
Honorary Doctorate from University of Cambridge (ENG)
1909
Discovered the Burgess Shale (quarry)
1921
Mary Clark Thompson Medal
1921
1 recipient of U.S. National Academy of Sciences Mary Clark Thompson Medal
1923
President of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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