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John McIntosh (1923-2015)

 A Paleontologia de dinossauros perdeu um dos seus dóceis gigantes: John "Jack" McIntosh.
A notícia é-nos dada por Dan Chure:

Daniel Chure
6 hrs · Vernal, UT, United States · 
PASSING OF JACK McINTOSH. It is with deep regret that I report that John S. McIntosh passed away this morning. He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Funeral arrangements have not been announced, He was well known, respected, and loved by many and over the years he helped innumerable paleontologists around the world.Better known as "Jack", he was a theoretical physicist at Weslyan University (CT) and also for many, many decades the authority on sauropod dinosaurs. As Jack often told the tale, this was the result of, as a senior at Yale University and torn between dinosaur paleontology and physics, he went to Richard S. Lull, the then Yale dinosaur expert. Lull told him there was no future in dinosaur paleontology so he went into physics!
 Sempre alegre e sorridente, foi uma inspiração para todos nós ao dar-nos o exemplo de como ser um excelente cientista e uma pessoa generosa.
Educado em Yale, professor na Weslyan University,  Jack era uma sumidade e um apaixonados em saurópodes sendo um dos autores de um dos livros mais influentes no estudo dos dinossauros: "The Dinosauria". Os seus estudos tiveram implicações em Portugal ao considerar o Apatosaurus alenquerensis como dentro do género Camarasaurus. Ele financiou os nossos estudos sobre o Europasaurus.
Várias espécies foram-lhe dedicadas,  entre as quais Brontomerus mcintoshi.
John McIntosh (foto: O. Mateus 2004)
Ralph Molnar e John McIntosh em primeiro plano. Octávio Mateus e Robert Bakker em segundo plano (SVP Denver em 2004).


Nils Knotschke, John McIntosh e Octávio Mateus (Denver, 2004)www.lusodinos.blogspot.com

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