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Life by Paleontologist/Author
"There's an incomparable rush that comes from finding dinosaur bones. You know you're the first person to lay hands on a critter that lived 80 or 90 million years ago."
Jack Horner
This section of The Dinosaur Fan presents life forms based on the person or persons (e.g., paleontologists) who discovered, co-discovered, named, and/or co-named the life form. If a life form is named by more than one person, that life form will be listed under each person. Also, if the database does not contain the person or persons who discovered a particular life form, that life form will NOT be found in this section of the website.
Use caution; check the data before you use it. NOTE: the information presented throughout this website has NOT been reviewed by any person or organization. All information has been gathered and/or synthesized by me. I am doing my best to provide accurate data however, if you use material from this website for any reason, I would advise you do so with EXTREME CAUTION as there is a good chance that omissions, errors and/or outdated information may exist.
Current Life Form Record Totals
No. of GenusNo. of Species

Top 20 Discoverers of Extinct Life Forms (Validated) Top 20 Discoverers of Extinct Life Forms (Total)
 Paleontologist / Author# of Genus *
Xu, Xing 31
Marsh, Othniel Charles28
Norell, Mark A21
Ji, Qiang 19
Lü, Jun-Chang 19
Wang, Xiao-Lin 19
Kellner, Alexander Wilhelm Armin17
Zhou, Zhong-he 17
Bonaparte, José Fernando16
Cope, Edward Drinker15
Dong, Zhi-Ming 14
Galton, Peter Malcolm14
Clark, James Matthew13
von Huene, Friedrich Richard13
You, Hai-Lu 13
Forster, Catherine A12
Sereno, Paul Callistus12
Zhao, Xi-Jin 12
Novas, Fernando Emilio11
Campos, Diógenes de Almeida10
Osborn, Henry Fairfield10
Owen, Richard 10
Russell, Dale Alan10
Sampson, Scott D10
 Paleontologist / Author# of Genus *
Marsh, Othniel Charles64
Xu, Xing 63
Cope, Edward Drinker47
von Huene, Friedrich Richard47
Dong, Zhi-Ming 45
Lü, Jun-Chang 45
Kellner, Alexander Wilhelm Armin41
Ji, Qiang 40
Zhou, Zhong-he 39
Wang, Xiao-Lin 35
Bonaparte, José Fernando34
Owen, Richard 34
You, Hai-Lu 32
Zhao, Xi-Jin 32
Norell, Mark A30
Galton, Peter Malcolm27
Novas, Fernando Emilio27
Sereno, Paul Callistus21
Clark, James Matthew19
Campos, Diógenes de Almeida17
Forster, Catherine A16
Sampson, Scott D15
Osborn, Henry Fairfield14
Russell, Dale Alan13
* These totals do NOT include those life forms for which I have not yet identified the discoverer. If a life form is discovered/named by multiple people, it is included in the counts for each person.

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