Birthday of Joseph Leidy

by Anonymous on Sep. 09th, 2009

Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything.
Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything.Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Today is the birthday of scientist Joseph Leidy. Born in 1823, Leidy is considered the father of vertebrate paleontology. He described the first near complete dinosaur skeleton, Hadrosaurus foulkii, which was put on display at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences in 1868. But Leidy's studies weren't limited to just paleontology. His scientific interests and expertise were so vast a recent biography is titled Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything. If you read more about this remarkable man, you'll see that isn't too far from the truth.

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