Everett C. Olson

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Everett Claire Olson (November 6, 1910 – November 27, 1993) was an American zoologist, paleontologist, and geologist noted for his seminal research of origin and evolution of vertebrate animals. [1] [2] [3] Olson identified a mass extinction that occurred 270 million years ago and which now carries his name - Olson's Extinction, also termed "Olson's Gap". [4] Some of his other notable research also included genus of Slaugenhopia[5] genus of Trimerorhachis, and genus of Waggoneria.[6]

Olson was a former chair of the department of Biology at the UCLA,[1][2] a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[1][2] a recipient of Paleontological Medal of the Paleontological Society (1987),[2] the first recipient of the Romer-Simpson Medal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology,[2] a CSEOL Distinguished Scientist (1991).[2] University of California said that Olson "was an internationally recognized pioneer in studies of the origin and evolution of vertebrate animals".[2] The University of Chicago said that he "carried out pioneering research on the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems".[3] The National Academy of Science said that he ranked "among the great vertebrate paleontologists of the twentieth century".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Olson was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin and grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois. Olson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Ph.D. in geology(1935) from the University of Chicago.


External Links[edit]

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