Friday, February 17, 2006

Birthday to the late Ostrom

Feb. 18, 1928 – July 16, 2005

Today is the birthday of the late John Ostrom, who revolutionized the fundamentals of dinosaur paleontology in 1964 with his discovery of Deinonychus and the idea that dinosaurs were not cold-blooded at all, but rather hot-blooded like birds and mammals.

He was born in New York City and studied at Union College. He planned to be a physician like his father, but changed his mind after reading George Gaylord Simpson's book The Meaning of Evolution. He enrolled at Columbia University and studied with Edwin H. Colbert.

Happy birthday Mr. Ostrom.

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