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David Ward (palaeontologist)

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David J. Ward (born 10 October 1948 in London)[1] is a British palaeontologist.

He worked for 14 years as a veterinary surgeon while being an amateur palaeontologist and taking part in several expeditions to Africa. In 1988 he retired from medicine to devote himself completely to palaeontology.[2] He travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas, as well as to Uzbekistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.[3]

He published over 50 scientific articles and co-authored a bestselling book, Fossils (Smithsonian Handbook series).[3]

He was the 2007 Skinner Award recipient.[1]


  1. ^ a b "2007 Skinner Award Recipient". Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ [ 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).
  3. ^ a b "Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter", by Mark Renz, p. viii