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Cyril Walker (palaeontologist)

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Cyril Alexander Walker (8 February 1939 – 6 May 2009) was a British palaeontologist, curator of fossil birds in the Natural History Museum. He was also interested in fossil turtles.[1]

Walker joined the Museum in 1958 and spent his entire career there, becoming curator in 1985.[1]

Walker's most noteworthy finding was his recognition of a new subclass of fossils birds, the Enantiornithes.[1]

Together with David Ward, he co-authored a best selling[2] book, Smithsonian Handbook of Fossils. He has also contributed to many other books, including Garden Birds,[3] Field Guide to British Birds, Birds of the World, Nature Notebooks,[4] and others.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Former NHM Curator Cyril Walker Passed Away May 6 " Archived 2010-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, an obituary at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology website
  2. ^ "Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter", by Mark Renz, p. viii
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ From the synopsis of the book, Cyril Walker, David Ward Fossils : Smithsonian Handbook, ISBN 0-7894-8984-8 (2002, paperback, revisited), ISBN 1-56458-074-1 (1992, 1st edition)
  5. ^ [2]