Paleonet: very sad news

Peter Roopnarine proopnarine at
Thu Jan 9 01:14:39 GMT 2020

This is indeed sad news Sandy. Thank you for letting us know.


On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Sandy Carlson <sjcarlson at> wrote:
> I have just been told that Richard Cowen, our wonderful colleague for
years, passed away today unexpectedly from a heart attack.  I will send
more information when I receive it.
> Richard enlivened functional morphology and paleoecology for many, many
paleontologists over a great many years; his early work on brachiopods
still stands as truly excellent foundational paleontological research; his
History of Life textbook is used widely, presenting a very informative and
fun view of our field.
> A great loss, and much too soon.
> Sandy
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> Sandra J. Carlson
> Professor of Geology
> Faculty Director, CalTeach/MAST at UC Davis
> Past-President, The Paleontological Society
> Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
> University of California
> One Shields Avenue
> Davis, CA  95616-8605
> sjcarlson at
> Voice:  530-752-0350
> FAX:  530-752-0951
> <><><><><><><><><><><><>

Dr. Peter D. Roopnarine, Curator of Geology
Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology
Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA 94118

Phone: (415) 379-5271
FAX: (415) 379-5732
Twitter: @peterroopnarine
"If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth
the Nobel Prize", R. Feynman
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