Thomas Barbour (1884-1946)

Independently wealthy herpetologist and patron of science. Popular writer, director of the MCZ. Instrumental in founding the Barro Colorado Island research preserve. In 1940 he bought the property including the Thomas Farm Quarry, which provided one of the best early Miocene fossil mammal assemblages in North America, and gave it to the University of Florida. Barbour and his student White worked the quarry from 1938 through 1946. Opponent of W. Matthew's dispersalist biogeography.

Barbour (center) in 1935. From Winsor, p. 263. Wheeler is at left.


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