Mignon Talbot

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Mignon Talbot
Mignon Talbot.jpg
Photograph at time of the discovery of Podokesaurus holyokensis
Born (1869-08-16)August 16, 1869
Iowa City, Iowa
Died July 18, 1950(1950-07-18) (aged 80)
Citizenship American
Fields geology, geography
Institutions Mount Holyoke College

Mignon Talbot (August 16, 1869 – July 18, 1950) was an American paleontologist who recovered the only fossils of the dinosaur, Podokesaurus holyokensis , in 1911.

Born in Iowa City, she was a professor of Geology and Geography at Mount Holyoke College from 1904-1935.[1] During her thirty-one years at Mount Holyoke College, she amassed a large collection of invertebrate fossils and Triassic footprints and minerals. However, the museum burned down and the specimens were destroyed, including the one extant partial skeleton of her Podokesaurus.[2]


  1. ^ Mount Holyoke College. Mignon Talbot Biography Verified 2011-01-06.
  2. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn; Harvey, Joy, eds. (2000). "Talbot, Mignon". The biographical dictionary of women in science : pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century. New York: Routledge. pp. 1263–1264. ISBN 9780415920407. 

See Also[edit]

  • Kass-Simon, Gabrielle; Farnes, Patricia; Nash, Deborah, eds. (1999). Women of science : righting the record ([Nachdr] ed.). Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana Univ. Press. pp. 60,65. ISBN 9780253208132. 
  • Levin, Miriam R. (2005). Defining women's scientific enterprise : Mount Holyoke faculty and the rise of American science. Hanover: University press of New England. p. 135. ISBN 9781584654193. 
  • Moody, R.T.J.; Buffetaut, Eric; Naish, Darren; et al., eds. (2010). Dinosaurs and other extinct saurians : a historical perspective. London: Geological Society. pp. 125–127. ISBN 978-1862393110. 

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