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Howell, A(lfred) Brazier (United States 1886-1961)
mammalogy, anatomy

A. Brazier Howell's research focused on the comparative anatomy and morphology of mammals and birds, though he sometimes floated biogeography-oriented discussions featuring his views on geographic variation and multicausality. Most of his more than 150 publications concerned his work on Chinese mammals, aquatic mammals, Western U. S. rodent species, and birds. His two most popular general audience books were Aquatic Mammals: Their Adaptations to Life in the Water (1930) and Speed in Animals: Their Specialization for Running and Leaping (1944).

Life Chronology

--born in Catonsville, Maryland, on 28 July 1886.
--1905-1906: studies at the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale
--1910: moves to California; begins studies on the avifauna of the Channel and Los Coronados Islands
--1918: collecting expedition in Arizona
--1921: vice-president, Cooper Ornithological Society
--1922: moves to Washington, D.C.
--1923, 1924: collecting expeditions in California
--1923-1927: scientific assistant with the United States Biological Survey
--1928-1943: lectures on anatomy for the Dept. of Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins Medical School
--1929: organizes the Council for the Conservation of Whales and Other Marine Mammals
--1938-1942: vice-president, American Society of Mammalogists
--1942-1944: president, American Society of Mammalogists
--1944: publishes his Speed in Animals
--dies at Bangor, Maine, on 23 December 1961.

For Additional Information, See:

--Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 49(4) (1968): 732-742.
--The Condor, Vol. 95(4) (1993): 1061-1063.

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