Antonin Fritsch

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Antonín Frič
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Born June 30, 1832
Died November 15, 1913
Nationality Czech
Fields paleontology
Institutions Charles University, National Museum in Prague
Known for contributions on the field of permo-carboniferous ecosystems

Antonín Jan Frič (in German: Anton Johann Fritsch, June 30, 1832 – November 15, 1913) was a Czech paleontologist, biologist and geologist, living during the Austria–Hungary era. Professor at the Charles University and later became director of the National Museum in Prague. He became famous for his contributions on the field of Permo - Carboniferous ecosystems.

He also became known for finding fossils once attributed to dinosaurs - Albisaurus albinus and Ponerosteus exogyrarum and so far the only pterosaur known from the Czech Republic, Cretornis hlavaci. The pterosaur was small with a wingspan of about 1.5 m and lived in the Turonian.

The first true dinosaur known from the Czech Republic was discovered 90 years after Frič's death (in 2003). It is a small ornithopod of Cenomanian age.[1]

Fritsch received the Lyell Medal from the Geological Society of London in 1902.[2]


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  2. ^ "The Geological Society of London". The Times (36699). London. 24 February 1902. p. 6. 

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