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Professor Turtle: 1925

Professor Turtle: 1925

September 4, 1925. "Prof. Chas. W. Gilmore, Smithsonian curator, with fossil turtle." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Fossil Turtle Expert

Another photo of the professor and fossils at Dinosaur: 1924. Charles Whitney Gilmore wrote numerous papers and monographs on the subject including Description of Two New Species of Fossil Turtles, From the Lance Formation of Wyoming, [1916], and Reptilian Faunas of the Torrejon, Puerco, and Underlying Upper Cretaceous Formations of San Juan County, New Mexico, [1919].

Washington Post, September 16, 1924.

Fossils believed to be those of a hyanodon, a flesh eating mammal of the Oligocene period were received yesterday at the Smithsonian by Charles W. Gilmore, curator of vertebrate paleontology. … An exhibit of turtles, which Dr. Reeside found in New Mexico, is on display at the institution.

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