Friday, January 27, 2006

Jack Horner Named Montana's State Paleontologist

From the Bozman Daily Chronicle:

Jack Horner has been reappointed state paleontologist by Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who praised the Museum of the Rockies' curator for bringing "exceptional recognition to Montana for its significant contributions to the science of paleontology."

"State paleontologist" is an honorary title that has been given to Horner by every administration since Gov. Ted Schwinden.

In the past, Horner worked in his capacity as state paleontologist with the state historic office in evaluating state lands. More recently he has helped federal agents with issuing fossil-collecting permits on federal lands.

"They still make the designation so I can help the federal agencies evaluate all sorts of things," he explained Wednesday.