A sea without fish : life in the Ordovician sea of the by David L Meyer; R A Davis

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C, m e m b e r s o f the W e s t e r n A c a d e m y w h e n i t w a s d i s s o l v e d a n d its assets w e r e d o n a t e d t o the C i n c i n n a t i Society- o f N a t u r a l History i n 1872, w h e r e u p o n he b e c a m e a lite m e m b e r in the society. U. P. James's fossil c o l l e c t i o n w a s widely r e n o w n e d . L o u i s A g a s s i z , o n e o f the foremost p a l e o n t o l o g i s t s i n this c o u n t r y , visited C i n c i n n a t i , a n d , after s e e i n g James's c o l l e c t i o n , p r o c l a i m e d it o n e of the finest he had ever s e e n .

H e h a d 234 scientific p u b l i c a t i o n s , b u t n o n e a p p e a r e d in the local journals. A l t h o u g h he did not invent the p a l e o g c o g r a p h i c m a p , he b r o u g h t it to its m a t u r e state. A n d , up until the t i m e of his d e a t h , in 1942, h e w a s also the f o r e m o s t authority o n fossil b r a c h i o p o d s o f N o r t h A m e r i c a . L i k e s o m e o t h e r m e m b e r s o f the C i n c i n n a t i S c h o o l , S e h u c h e r t w a s h o n o r e d d u r i n g his l i f e t i m e .

M i l l e r ' s c o m p i l a t o r y works w e r e l o o k e d d o w n u p o n b y m o s t professionals, b u t w e r e used by t h e m n o n e t h e l e s s . C a s t e r r e c o u n t e d a story a b o u t his professor, G . D . H a r r i s , t o t h e e f f e c t that Harris's o w n professor, H e n r y S h a l e r W i l l i a m s , was d i s d a i n f u l o f M i l l e r ' s w o r k s . I n C a s t e r ' s w o r d s : " ' Y e t , ' said Harris, ' M i l l e r ' s g r e a t North American Geology and Paleontology w a s a l w a y s o n W i l l i a m s ' desk, a n d o n t h e desk o f e v e r y o t h e r p a l e o n t o l o g i s t o f the l a n d !

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