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Dr. Everett C. Olson

Everett C. Olson had a long and distinguished career as a vertebrate paleontologist. "Ole" received his formal higher education at the University of Chicago. Upon completing his doctorate in 1935, he joined the faculty of the Department of Geology at his alma mater. In 1969, he left Chicago to join the Department of Biology at UCLA, where he taught until his retirement in 1977. He passed away in 1993.

Olson’s research focused on the evolution of lower vertebrates from the Permocarboniferous; the origin of mammals; and the taphonomy, biogeography, and evolution of fossil communities. From this research have come 170 scientific papers and six books in the field of paleontology. In recognition of his scientific accomplishments and service to his discipline, Ole received the Paleontological Medal of the Paleontological Society and the Distinguished Service Medal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. His autobiography, The Other Side of the Medal, is therefore, appropriately titled.