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Smith Woodward's contributions on fossil tetrapods

Angela C. Milner and Paul M. Barrett
Smith Woodward's contributions on fossil tetrapods (in Arthur Smith Woodward; his life and influence on modern vertebrate palaeontology, Zerina Johanson (editor), Paul M. Barrett (editor), Martha Richter (editor) and M. Smith (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2016) 430: 289-309

Abstract

Although primarily a pre-eminent palaeoichthyologist, Arthur Smith Woodward's research and publications ranged across all major tetrapod groups: nevertheless, his contributions in this area have generally been overshadowed by involvement in the 'Piltdown Man' affair. Smith Woodward published on fossil amphibians, every major group of reptiles and on mammals. Most of the new taxa he named remain valid, a testament to his wide knowledge and understanding of fossil vertebrates beyond his principal speciality, although some of these have now been extensively revised. He travelled widely in Europe and the Americas, resulting in some of the earliest work on Gondwanan Cretaceous reptiles. Several of his taxa revealed the existence of previously unknown groups (e.g. notosuchian crocodiles) or provided important character data that have fuelled various phylogenetic debates (e.g. snake and tyrannosauroid origins). His influence extended beyond his own scientific efforts to incorporate his role as a senior administrator, supporting the acquisition of significant reptile specimens for the collection, and as an educator, producing articles for museum visitors and the general public.


ISSN: 0305-8719
EISSN: 2041-4927
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 430
Title: Smith Woodward's contributions on fossil tetrapods
Title: Arthur Smith Woodward; his life and influence on modern vertebrate palaeontology
Author(s): Milner, Angela C.Barrett, Paul M.
Author(s): Johanson, Zerinaeditor
Author(s): Barrett, Paul M.editor
Author(s): Richter, Marthaeditor
Author(s): Smith, M.editor
Affiliation: Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, London, United Kingdom
Affiliation: Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
Pages: 289-309
Published: 2016
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 120
Accession Number: 2016-083656
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendices
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201640
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