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Elias Howard Sellards (1875–1961): Paleontologist, geologist, and anthropologist

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Elsie Darrah Morey
Elsie Darrah Morey
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January 01, 1995

Elias Howard Sellards (1875–1961) was born in Kentucky but moved to Kansas as an adolescent. He received the B.A. (1899) and M.Sc. (1901) degrees from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1903. He taught at Rutgers College, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the University of Texas at Austin. He was the first state geologist of Florida (1907–1918), and he was staff geologist (1918–1925), acting director (1925–1932) director (1932–1945), and director emeritus (1945–1961) at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. From 1938 to 1957, he was simultaneously director of the Texas Memorial Museum. His broad interests included Paleozoic paleobotany and palynology, Paleozoic insects, vertebrate paleontology, early humans in the Americas, and meteorites, to mention several. He made notable contributions to the study of the Permian floras of Kansas and to the study of seed ferns, establishing with David White, Felix Oliver, and others the gymnospermous nature of that group. He named the Permian genus Glenopteris and also named the fructification Codonotheca. He also advanced the study of fossil cockroaches and of economic geology, vertebrate paleontology, and anthropology of Florida and Texas.

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GSA Memoirs

Historical Perspective of Early Twentieth Century Carboniferous Paleobotany in North America

Paul C. Lyons
Paul C. Lyons
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Elsie Darrah Morey
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Robert H. Wagner
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Geological Society of America
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185
ISBN print:
9780813711850
Publication date:
January 01, 1995

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