The

Other Side

of the Medal

A Paleobiologist Reflects

on

the Art and Serendipity of Science

Everett C. Olson

Professor of Zoology Emeritus

University of California

Los Angeles, California

The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company

Blacksburg, Virginia

1990

 

Everett C. Olson (ca. 1986)

Dedication

To all of those graduate students who worked with me during the past 50 years; whose brilliance, challenges, knowledge and irreverence guided my intellectual growth and kept me young in mind; whose strong arms, willing backs and walking legs made possible our explorations, collecting and excavating of fossil vertebrates when found; who have gone forward to productive careers in their own fields and of their own choices.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Preface

1       The Permian and I

2       The Arroyo Formation, Coffee Creek and Ernest

3       Eyes West to Younger Beds

4       Ignorant Ridge the Vale and Choza Formations

5       Land, Weather and Dogs

6       The San Angelo Formation and a Look Backwards

7       Eyes to the East

8       Impressions Efremov, Museum, Friends

9       Efremov the Man

10              Efremov, Science and Philosophy

11  Frivolity, Dialectical Materialism and Science

12              The Other Side of the Medal

13              Books, Writings and Ideals

14              What of Dreams Now?

Index

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