Papers of William Sill

by Sill, William Robert

Abstract (Summary)
"Dr. William Sill, an esteemed world-renonwned paleontologist, was a member of the expedition that discovered the oldest pre-human life in northern Kenya. [He] has researched the Triasic faunas of England, Germany, and South Africa, and explored Triassic Basins in Brazil, Western Argentina, Texas, and Oklahoma. Dr. Sill received his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University. He was on the faculty of Yale University and on the staff at the Peabody Museum. Early in his career he facilitated completion of an index of paleontological sites in the United States for the National Park System. His expertise led him to the Argentine province of San Juan where, since 1969, he has directed excavations in the Ishigualisto Triassic Basin. [I]t is the only place on the globe that reveals a complete sequence of fossil-bearing sedimentation covering virtually all of the Triassic Period when dinosaurs became the dominant form of life on earth. As Science Advisor to the Argentine government, Dr. Sill has been instrumental in drafting legislation designating provincial parks and animal reserve areas. He co-founded the Museum of Natural Sciences in San Juan and currently is the Argentine representative to the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations." (taken from a California Club Speaker's Luncheon Series, 2001, featuring Sill). ; Over the course of a lifetime, he has served the Lord as a seventy, a bishop, a supervisor of LDS seminary programs, and a patriarch, among other things. Sill returned to Las Vegas for retirement in 2002. ; The collection consists primarily of studies and course materials in geology and paleontology (some written by Sill, including his doctoral thesis), but also includes items of personal history (life and paleontology journals, correspondence, bills, documentation of involvement in Argentine affairs, etc.)
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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:sill william robert 1937 archives universidad nacional de san juan argentina history sources paleontologists united states paleontological excavations africa paleontology outlines syllabi etc geology


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