Charles Doolittle Walcott facts for kids
|Charles D. Walcott|
|Born||March 31, 1850
New York Mills, New York State, USA
|Died||February 9, 1927 (aged 76)
Washington, DC, USA
|Institutions||US Geological Survey
|Notable awards||Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1921)|
Charles Doolittle Walcott (March 31, 1850 – February 9, 1927) was an American geologist and invertebrate paleontologist. He became known for his discovery in 1909 of well-preserved fossils in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, Canada.
Walcott became Director of the U.S. Geological Survey 1894–1907, and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1907–1927. He discovered a number of important fossil sites. At the Walcott Quarry, the lowest (earliest) of the Burgess Shale deposits, Walcott collected 65,000 specimens between 1910 and 1924. The site dates to the Middle Cambrian, and is in the Canadian Rockies.
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Charles Doolittle Walcott and his family in Provo, Utah around 1907. Walcott often took his family along on collecting trips. Click on the photo for more information about the Walcotts.
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