Monday, January 09, 2006

In Recognition of Dr. Dave Berman

Paleontologist's enthusiasm means a top collection for Carnegie Museum
By Anita Srikameswaran
Monday, January 09, 2006

"At an October ceremony in Mesa, Ariz., Dr. Berman was awarded honorary membership in the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the second-highest tribute in his field. Stuart Sumida, of California State University, San Bernadino, took charge of the nomination effort.

Dr. Berman's career has been built on his field discoveries. He'll celebrate his 66th birthday tomorrow , and he still spends several weeks of the year searching for new finds. It's like "going on a great treasure hunt," he said.

'A huge amount of what we think we know about the evolution of Permian reptiles is based on his discoveries," Dr. Lucas noted. "It's his expertise, his hard work that brings these things out of the ground.' "

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Picture © Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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