Paleonet: Art Boucot
Plotnick, Roy E
plotnick at uic.edu
Wed Apr 12 13:13:15 GMT 2017
I am currently writing a book about paleontology and paleontologists. In
the chapter on field work, I wrote the following (updated this morning):
> ....one of the most dedicated field-oriented invertebrate
> paleontologists, the late Arthur Boucot. Art was a large guy known for
> collecting pretty much everything available at an outcrop; his
> propensity to do has given rise to the phrase “to Boucotize” an
> outcrop (Talent 1996). I have also heard that having one-hundred
> pounds of rocks on your back is “a Boucot.”Art’s love and
> encouragement for field work is memorialized by his funding of the
> Paleontological Society Arthur James Boucot Research Grants, which
> encourages field-work based research by young scientists.
To add: Art was an ardent proponent of field work and a strong skeptic
of many aspects of the “paleobiological revolution.” He published a
number of exhaustively researched and influential books on paleoecology
and the fossil record and on Silurian and Devonian stratigraphy. He
developed the concept of the Evolutionary-Ecological Unit (EEU). He was
also a former President of the Paleontological Society. We have lost
one of the most colorful and important members of our field.
Talent, J. A. 1996. Arthur J. ('art') Boucot: Palaeontologic virtuoso
and guru. Historical Biology 11( ):3-7.
Roy E. Plotnick
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"The scientific celebrities, forgetting their molluscs and glacial periods, gossiped about art, while devoting themselves to oysters and ices with characteristic energy.." -Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
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