Early Oregon geologist part of fossil bed story.
TO THE EDITOR: It was nice to see William Sullivan's article and maps on the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Oregon Life, May 26). While I'm inspired to take a trip over there soon, I was astonished to find no mention of early Oregon's great geologist and our university's great professor, Thomas Condon.
It was Condon who, with the help of some nearby soldiers, discovered this fantastic scientific field in 1865. His continuous discoveries there not only made him famous, but also greatly advanced the scientific understanding of evolution.
Most remarkable was that Condon, who was also a Congregationalist missionary, managed to reconcile his fossil discoveries with his deep belief in the Bible. For those who desire more than a brief guidebook history, I'd recommend Robert Clark's historical biography, "The Odyssey of Thomas Condon," which lists, in its index, 16 separate references to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Jun 9, 2002|
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