Romer, Alfred Sherwood


1894–1973 American vertebrate palaeontologist and museum director whose textbooks and community leadership shaped his discipline for generations, and who revolutionized the study of fossil reptiles.

Keywords: vertebrate palaeontology; fossils; reptiles; evolution; anatomy

Further Reading

Romer A (1933) Vertebrate Paleontology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Romer A (1933) Man and the Vertebrates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Colbert E (1982) Alfred Sherwood Romer. National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, vol. 53, pp. 264–294.

Rainger R (1993) Biology, geology, or neither, or both: vertebrate paleontology at the University of Chicago, 1892–1950. Perspectives on Science 1: 478–519.

Westoll T and Parrington F (1975) Alfred Sherwood Romer. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society of London 21: 497–516.

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Cain, Joe(Apr 2001) Romer, Alfred Sherwood. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003425]