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Robert Lynn Carroll FRSC (born May 5, 1938) is a vertebrate paleontologist who specialises in Paleozoic
Paleozoic
and Mesozoic
Mesozoic
amphibians and reptiles.[1] Carroll was an only child and grew up on a farm near Lansing, Michigan. He was introduced to paleontology by his father shortly after his fifth birthday, and by the time he was eight he had decided he wanted to be a vertebrate paleontologist. In that same year he received as a Christmas present the left femur of an Allosaurus, courtesy of Edwin H. Colbert, whom his father had told about his interest.[2][3] In his teen years his parents took him on many fossil hunting trips to Wyoming
Wyoming
and South Dakota. Allosaurus
Allosaurus
was discovered by Edwin Harris Colbert at the year 1942 in Wyoming. After high-school, he went to Michigan
Michigan
State University, where he received a BSc in 1959, majoring in Geology. From there he went to Harvard University
Harvard University
where he studied biology and paleontology under Alfred Sherwood Romer.[1] His thesis dealt with the Dissorophidae, a group of Paleozoic
Paleozoic
amphibians that are often considered the closest relatives of present day amphibians, although they may also be stem-tetrapods. After obtaining his Ph.D., he held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Redpath Museum
Redpath Museum
at McGill University
McGill University
in Montréal, and then at the Natural History Museum in London. During this time he studied tetrapod remains from the Pennsylvanian lycopod “tree stumps” at Joggins, Nova Scotia (a variety of temnospondyls, microsaurs, and basal amniotes). Most of this material was collected and first studied by Sir William Dawson, the first Principal of McGill University, in the nineteenth century.[1] Returning from London, in 1964 Carroll joined the permanent staff of McGill University
McGill University
as curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Redpath Museum.[2] He was appointed Strathcona Professor of Zoology in 1987.[1] From 1985 to 1991 he was director of the Redpath Museum.[4] Dr Carroll is the author or co-author of a large number of scientific papers on fossil vertebrates, as well as a number of important monographs, text-books and more general books. His areas of research include the origins of terrestrial vertebrates, the origin and early evolutionary radiation of amniotes, the origin and interrelationships of the Lissamphibian groups, the anatomy and relationship of Paleozoic and Mesozoic
Mesozoic
amphibians and reptiles, large scale patterns and processes of vertebrate evolution, and the use of Mesozoic
Mesozoic
marine reptiles as a model for investigating factors controlling the patterns and rates of evolution. He currently lives in Montreal. He is married to Anna DiTuri, a retired business school teacher, and they have one child, David. Partial bibliography[edit]

Carroll, R.L. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleontology
and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Co. New York.[5] Stearn, C. and Carroll, R.L. 1989. Paleontology: The Record of Life. John Wiley and Sons. New York. Carroll, R.L. 1997. Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Carroll, R.L., Bossy, K.A., Milner, A.C., Andrews, S.M., and Wellstead, C.F. 1998. "Lepospondyli". Encyclopedia of Paleoherpetology, P. Wellnhofer (ed.). Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, München. Carroll, R.L. 2000. Amphibian
Amphibian
Biology, vol 4, Palaeontology, The Evolutionary History of Amphibians, Surrey Beatty & Sons, Carroll, R.L. 2009. The Rise of Amphibians: 365 Million years of Evolution, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

References[edit]

^ a b c d Sues, Hans-Dieter; Murray, A.M.; Anderson, J.S. (2003). "Robert Lynn Carroll — an appreciation" (PDF). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 40: 469–472. doi:10.1139/e02-098. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2005-05-15.  ^ a b science.ca Profile : Robert L. Carroll ^ 2004 A. S. Romer-G. G. Simpson Medal Archived 2010-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Directors of the Museum, Past and Present ^ McDowell, Samuel B.; Rowe, Timothy (22 June 1988). "Review: Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleontology
and Evolution by Robert L. Carroll". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 8 (2): 234–236. doi:10.1080/02724634.1988.10011703. JSTOR 4523196. 

External links[edit]

Robert L. Carroll Home page science.ca Profile : Robert L. Carroll 2004 A. S. Romer-G. G. Simpson Medal

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 102382579 LCCN: n50032360 ISNI: 0000 0001 2145 9417 GND: 137726155 SELIBR: 181245 BNF: cb15054360j (data) BIBS

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