Page:The Zoologist, 4th series, vol 3 (1899).djvu/260

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.




Professor Othniel Charles Marsh, of Yale University, died at New Haven, March 18th, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was born at Lockport, New York, in 1831, and was graduated at Yale in I860. He subsequently studied several years under leading specialists in Europe, returning to New Haven in 1866, where he has since occupied the chair of Palæontology. He has long been recognized throughout the world as one of the leading authorities in vertebrate palæontology. His explorations in various parts of the West for fossil vertebrates began in 1868, and in subsequent years he amassed the immense collections which have been so long famous. The results of his investigations have been published in a long series of papers and memoirs, numbering nearly three hundred titles, covering a period of more than twenty-five years. His unrivalled collections of fossils, as yet only partly worked up, he presented to Yale University, with a considerable endowment for carrying on and publishing the results of further investigation of this great mass of material. Prof. Marsh is well known to ornithologists for his numerous publications on fossil North American birds, including his great quarto memoir 'Odontornithes: a Monograph of the Extinct Toothed Birds of North America,' published in 1880. Probably five-sixths of the known extinct North American birds have been described by Prof. Marsh. His scientific work brought him many honours both at home and abroad. In 1878 he was chosen President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and from 1883 to 1896 he was President of the National Academy of Sciences (The 'Auk').

We regret to announce the death of Joseph Wolf, eulogized by Landseer himself as "without exception the best all-round animal painter that ever lived." Many obituary notices have appeared in our current press, but a particularly full and excellent résumé of his life's work has appeared in the 'Field,' from which we extract the following:—

"Born at Möerz, near Coblenz, in 1820, the son of a farmer, his powers of observation and delineation of animal life were made manifest at an early age, and his talent as a draughtsman soon obtained employment for him.