As I’m sure some of you know, the first president of the Paleontological Society, passed away today at the age of 82. In remembrance, I’d like to share how his work helped me to become interested in the isolation and extinction of the paleofauna of Appalachia.
Some time ago, I read a little of his work on extinction patterns. Although I didn’t (and still don’t) agree with some of his theorems, his work got me interested in the gradual decline of species. His work opened me up to papers on extinction. Eventually, I stumbled upon one or two papers documenting the K-T extinction event on Appalachia, and I was hooked. Thank you, David Raup, for helping to position me down the road I have taken to this day. You will be missed.
My condolences go out to his family and friends during this sad time. If you have a story about Mr. Raup, please feel free to comment below.