List of Famous Paleontologists

List of famous paleontologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top paleontologists in the world? This includes the most prominent paleontologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable paleontologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic paleontologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned paleontologists.

List features people like Stephen Jay Gould, Benjamin Franklin Mudge and more!

From reputable, prominent, and well known paleontologists to the lesser known paleontologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the paleontologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous paleontologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous paleontologists?" then you're in the right place. 
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    James Hall Jr. (September 12, 1811 – August 7, 1898) was an American geologist and paleontologist. He was a noted authority on stratigraphy and had an influential role in the development of paleontology in the United States.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1811-1898)
    • Birthplace: Hingham, Massachusetts
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    Benjamin Franklin Mudge

    Benjamin Franklin Mudge (August 11, 1817 – November 21, 1879) was an American lawyer, geologist and teacher. Briefly the mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, he later moved to Kansas where he was appointed the first State Geologist. He led the first geological survey of the state in 1864, and published the first book on the geology of Kansas. He lectured extensively, and was department chair at the Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC, now Kansas State University). He also avidly collected fossils, and was one of the first to systematically explore the Permian and Mesozoic biota in the geologic formations of Kansas and the American West, including the Niobrara Chalk, the Morrison Formation, and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1817-1879)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Northern New England, New England, United States of America, United States
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    Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (; French: [aɡasi]; May 28, 1807 – December 14, 1873) was a Swiss-American biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural history. Agassiz grew up in Switzerland. He received doctor of philosophy and medical degrees at Erlangen and Munich, respectively. After studying with Cuvier and Humboldt in Paris, Agassiz was appointed professor of natural history at the University of Neuchâtel. He emigrated to the United States in 1847 after visiting Harvard University. He went on to become professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, to head its Lawrence Scientific School, and to found its Museum of Comparative  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1807-1873)
    • Birthplace: Montier
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    John G. Fleagle

    John G. Fleagle is an American anthropologist, primatologist, and Distinguished Professor at State University of New York, Stony Brook.He graduated from Yale University cum laude in 1971, and from Harvard University with a M.S. in Anthropology in 1973, and from Harvard University, with a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology in 1976.  ...more
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Burlington, North Carolina