Ruben Arthur Stirton (1901-1966)

American mammal paleontologist. Stirton succeeded Matthew as head of the Berkeley paleontology program. Like Matthew, Stirton was noteworthy for employing sound and sensible principles of taxonomy (not a common thing before World War II). Most of Stirton's work was on North American Neogene mammals (including beavers, dogs, horses, and artiodactyls) and (starting in the 1950s) on Neogene mammalian faunas from Australia. He also wrote a successful textbook in 1959, and in the 1940s conducted field work in South America.


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