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A Passion for Paleontology

Barbara R. Stein

in On Her Own Terms

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520227262
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227262.003.0003
A Passion for Paleontology

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As related in the latter portion of the previous chapter, Alexander developed a keen interest in paleontology. This chapter looks at her first expeditions. Alexander first attended a series of lectures on paleontology conducted by John C. Merriam, and her first trips were to the Bay Area in order to explore its geology and topography. These trips were quickly followed by several others, such as the 1901 Fossil Lake expedition, which is noted as a valuable learning experience for Alexander, as well as a chance to be reunited with her friend, Beckwith. The discussion includes an account of the events that occurred during the expedition. A second expedition was proposed by Merriam, but it was on Alexander's second paleontological expedition to Shasta County in California that she uncovered a fossil which was thought to be another specimen of the new genus of Shastasaurus.

Keywords: paleontology; John C. Merriam; Bay Area; Fossil Lake expedition; Shasta County; paleontological expedition; Shastasaurus

Chapter.  5505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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