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Texas Monthly Article
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:02:13 AM »
Not a book but there is an interesting article in the most recent Texas Monthly.  You can read the article here   
http://features.texasmonthly.com/editorial/a-love-unearthed/

Young lady who wrote the article is Sarah Wilson.  She discovers her grandfather was a paleontologist, John A. “Jack” Wilson.  He especially loved the West Texas and Big Bend area.   

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Re: Texas Monthly Article
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2016, 07:13:11 AM »
One thing I noticed is that the magazine shows a picture that is not in the online article.  If you look at the picture of all Jack Wilson's slides, 3rd row down, 2nd slide from the left is marked "Rooneyia viejaensis".  The magazine has a color, up-close picture of that skull.  It says it's probably his most famous find.  The online article describes it but doesn't show the picture.

      "One of the lab’s jewels is this skull, Rooneyia viejaensis, which my grandfather discovered in 1964 on a ranch outside the park. As one of the most complete fossil primate skulls ever found in North America, it was the find of a lifetime. Even the paper-thin bones inside the nose survived, which is extraordinary for a roughly 38-million-year-old fossil. More than a half a century after its discovery, there is still only one known specimen of Rooneyia and no consensus about who its nearest relative is among today’s primates."

Just thought it was interesting and shows the depth of the historical significance of the area. 

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Re: Texas Monthly Article
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2016, 07:40:24 AM »
Hang10er, thank you for the link, what a great article both about West Texas but the family relationship!
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2016, 02:28:27 PM »
Nice read. Thank for the smile.

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