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List of Famous Paleontologists

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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. 
  • Stephen Jay Gould (; September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read authors of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 1996, Gould was hired as the Vincent Astor Visiting Research Professor of Biology at New York University, where he divided his time teaching there and at Harvard. Gould's most significant contribution to evolutionary biology was the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which he developed with Niles Eldredge in 1972. The theory...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1941-2002)
    • Birthplace: Bayside, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Francisco Pascasio Moreno (May 31, 1852 – November 22, 1919) was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno (perito means "specialist, expert"). Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential figures in the Argentine incorporation of large parts of Patagonia and its subsequent development....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1852-1919)
    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Alan C. Walker is a 1986 Guggenheim Fellow in Social Sciences....  more
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom
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    Henry Fairfield Osborn, Sr. (August 8, 1857 – November 6, 1935) was an American paleontologist and geologist. He was the president of the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1857-1935)
    • Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut