Brian G. Gardiner (biologist)

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Brian George Gardiner PPLS (born 1934)[1] is a British palaeontologist and zoologist, specialising in the study of fossil fish (palaeoichthyology).

LifeEdit

Brian Gardiner was born in 1934.

Gardiner was appointed an assistant lecturer in palaeontology at Queen Elizabeth College in 1958, and was later made Professor of Palaeontology at the Department of Biology at the same college. Queen Elizabeth College later merged with King's College London (1985). In 1963 he worked on secondment at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.[1][2] In 1969 Gardiner described 7 new genera and species of palaeoniscid fish from Witteberg in South Africa.[3] He was president of the Linnean Society of London 1994–1997, and was later made a Fellow Honoris Causa of the same society.[2] He is an advisor on palaeontology to the Natural History Museum in London.

His research interests are in the anatomy, taxonomy and evolution of fish, particularly actinopterygians, including Devonian palaeoniscids. A genus, Gardinerpiscis, of Early Permian palaeoniscoid fish has been named in his honour.[4]

Gardiner has also investigated the celebrated Piltdown Man palaeontological forgery.[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Brian George Gardiner, (1966) Catalogue of Canadian fossil fishes, University of Toronto Press.
  • Gardiner, B G, (1969) New palaeoniscoid fish from the Witteberg series of South Africa. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 48, Issue 4 November 1969, pp. 423–452
  • Gardiner, B G, (1982) Tetrapod classification, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 74, 207–32.
  • Brian George Gardiner (1984) Devonian Palaeoniscid Fishes: New Specimens of Mimia and Moythomasia from the Upper Devonian of Western Australia, University of California Press.
  • Gardiner B G, (1984) The relationship of placoderms, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 4: 379–395. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.1984.10012017
  • Gardiner B G, Miles R S, (1994) Eubrachythoracid arthrodires from Gogo, Western Australia, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 112: 443–477. DOI: 10.1006/zjls.1994.1053

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paleontological Journal, 2015, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 677–678 - C. Romano, I. Kogan, 2015, published in Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal, 2015, No. 6, pp. 111–112.
  2. ^ Brian George Gardiner (1966) Catalogue of Canadian fossil fishes, University of Toronto Press, preface
  3. ^ Gardiner, B. G. (1969). "New palaeoniscoid fish from the Witteberg series of South Africa - GARDINER - 1969 - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 48 (4): 423–452. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1969.tb00722.x.
  4. ^ Paleontological Journal, 2015, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 677–678 - C. Romano, I. Kogan, 2015, published in Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal, 2015, No. 6, pp. 111–112.
  5. ^ Gardiner, B G, (2003) The Piltdown forgery: a re-statement of the case against Hinton, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 139, pp. 315-335