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Olson, Storrs L.

Works: 101 works in 360 publications in 2 languages and 7,755 library holdings
Genres: Classification  History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Creator
Classifications: QL1, 027.573
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Most widely held works by Storrs L Olson
Evolution of the rails of the South Atlantic islands (Aves: Rallidae) by Storrs L Olson( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An odyssey in print : adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Situated at the center of the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries links the twenty-two libraries that support Smithsonian museums and research centers into one system encompassing 1.5 million books and manuscripts. The expansive collection includes many rare and unusual works equal to the celebrated art and artifacts of the Smithsonian's museums." "This illustrated accompaniment to a new Smithsonian Libraries exhibition of the same name provides a three-part expedition through the collection. The first presents works such as a 1511 edition of Ptolemy's Liber geographiae (Book of geography) and the pop-up book Buck Rogers, 25th Century, featuring Buddy and Allura in "Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship" to illustrate how the world has been imagined, seen, and recorded by Europeans and Americans. The second journey explores how scientists have extended our understanding of the world, and includes a 1641 edition of Galileo's Systema cosmicum (System of the world) and a copy of Walden inscribed by Henry David Thoreau to Spencer Baird, then assistant secretary of the newly founded Smithsonian Institution. The final section journeys through the imaginations of artists, architects, and book designers, presenting among many pictorially rich selections a 1535 edition of Albrecht Durer's Institutionum geometricarum (Geometric instruction) and Doxford Opposed Piston Oil Engine, a paper-and-board pamphlet with movable pistons and levers from 1922"--Jacket
Avian paleontology at the close of the 20th century : proceedings of the 4th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Washington, D.C., 4-7 June 1996 by Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution( Book )

15 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 32 papers collected herein reflect the great diversity and interest that the study of fossil birds has generated in recent years. The first seven papers (Mourer-Chauvir et al., Worthy and Jouventin, Segu and Alcover, Steadman and Hilgartner, Millener, Worthy, Pavia) relate to late Quaternary birds from islands, where human intervention in the last few thousand years has caused many heretofore unrecorded extinctions. Three papers on Quaternary avifaunas of continental Europe deal with distributional changes and cultural use of birds by humans in Siberia (Potapova and Panteleyev), the utility of patterns of seabird distribution in determining former marine climatic conditions (Tyrberg), and temporal changes in morphology of ptarmigans (Lagopus) through the late Pleistocene (Stewart). Three papers deal with late Cenozoic raptors (Campbell et al., Tambussi and Noriega, Emslie and Czaplewski). New genera from Paleogene deposits are described by Boles and Ivison, Karhu, and Peters. Five papers deal with ancient waterfowl. Alvarenga describes the first fossil screamer (Anhimidae) from the Oligocene of Brazil. Olson provides the first fossil records of the Anseranatidae, with the description of a new species from the early Eocene of England, which is referred to Anatalavis from the Paleocene/Cretaceous of New Jersey. Ericson provides the means to distiguish Eocene fossils of the duck-like Presbyornis from the flamingo-like Juncitarsus and gives new records of the latter. Benson shows that the Paleocene Presbyornis isoni once ranged from Maryland to North Dakota, and he gives records of other Paleocene birds from North Dakota. Hope names a new, larger species of Graculavus, extending the range of the genus from New Jersey to the Cretaceous of Wyoming.The early history and evolution of birds receives great attention. Dzerzhinsky expands upon the significance of cranial morphology in paleognathous birds. Kurochkin relates the early Cretaceous genus Ambiortus to the Chinese Otogornis, which are supposed to be on a line with modern birds, as opposed to the Enantiornithes. Bochenski uses paleogeography to suggest that the Enantiornithes must antedate Archaeopteryx. Zhou and Martin show that the manus of Archaeopteryx is more bird-like than previously realized. Martin and Stewart use bird teeth to argue against dinosaurian origins for Aves, whereas Elzanowski diverges on various aspects of dinosaurian cranial morphology and that of early birds that may have evolutionary significance. Witmer, Chiappe, and Goslow present summaries of three sessions of a roundtable discussion on avian origins, early evolution of birds, and the origins of flight, which was held on June 7, the last day of the meeting, and which covered much controversial territory
The cretaceous birds of New Jersey by Storrs L Olson( Book )

15 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a revision of the fossil birds from Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian; Hornerstown and Navesink formations) deposits in New Jersey. Material of previously named taxa, described over a century ago, is augmented by more recently collected specimens from a new locality at the Inversand Company marl pits near Sewell, Gloucester County. With about 8 genera and 9 species, this is the most diverse Cretaceous avifauna yet known. Most species belong to a group of primitive Charadriiformes resembling in limb morphology the fossil family Presbyornithidae and the living family Burhinidae. These are tentatively referred to the form family Graculavidae Frbringer, 1888, with its provisional synonyms Palaeotringinae Wetmore, 1940; Telmatornithidae Cracraft, 1972, and Laornithidae Cracraft, 1972. The species included are: Graculavus velox Marsh, 1872; Telmatornis priscus Marsh, 1870 (synonyms: Telmatornis affinis Marsh, 1870; Graculavus pumilus Marsh, 1872; Palaeotringa vetus Marsh, 1870); Anatalavis rex (Shufeldt, 1915); Laornis edvardsianus Marsh, 1870; Palaeotringa littoralis Marsh, 1870; P. vagans Marsh, 1872; and an undescribed genus and species probably different from any of the preceding. Anatalavis is proposed as a new genus for Telmatornis rex Shufeldt, 1915. A new family, genus, and species (Tytthostonychidae, Tytthostonyx glauconiticus) is proposed for a humerus showing similarities to the Pelecaniformes and Procellariiformes and tentatively referred to the latter, along with an ulna of a much smaller species. The species in this fauna appear to be part of the modern radiation of neognathous birds, but none can be referred to modern families
Collected papers in avian paleontology honoring the 90th birthday of Alexander Wetmore( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteen papers covering diverse aspects of avian paleontologyfrom the earliest known bird to extinct species found in Indian middensare collected here to honor the 90th birthday of Alexander Wetmore. These are preceded by an appraisal of the current state of avian paleontology and of Alexander Wetmore's influence on it, including a bibliography of his publications in this field. John H. Ostrom analyzes the hypothetical steps in the origin of flight between Archaeopteryx and modern birds. Philip D. Gingerich confirms that Ichthyornis and Hesperornis did indeed bear teeth, that the palate in Hesperornis is paleognathous, and that these Cretaceous toothed birds appear to occupy a position intermediate between dinosaurs and modern birds. Larry D. Martin and James Tate, Jr. describe the skeleton of the Cretaceous diving bird Baptornis advenus and conclude that the Baptornithidae belong in the Hesperornithiformes, but are less specialized than Hesperornis. Pierce Brodkorb describes the first known Cretaceous land bird as forming a new order possibly ancestral to the Coraciiformes and Piciformes. E.N. Kurochkin summarizes the distribution and paleoecology of the Paleogene birds of Asia, with particular emphasis on the evolution of the gruiform families Eogruidae and Ergilornithidae. Pat Vickers Rich and David J. Bohaska describe the earliest known owl from Paleocene deposits in Colorado. Alan Feduccia transfers the Eocene genus Neanis from the Passeriformes to the Piciformes and he and Larry D. Martin go on to refer this and four other genera to a new family of Piciformes, concluding that these were the dominant perching land birds of the Eocene of North America. Storrs L. Olson describes a new species of Todidae from the Oligocene of Wyoming and refers the genus Protornis from the Oligocene of Switzerland to the Momotidae, concluding that the New World Coraciiformes originated in the Old World. Charles T. Collins describes two new species of the Eo-Oligocene genus Aegialornis and presents evidence that the Aegialornithidae should be referred to the Caprimulgiformes rather than to the Apodiformes, although they might be ancestral to the swifts. In the following paper he shows that the earliest known true swifts (Apodidae) are three nominal forms from the Lower Miocene of France which prove to be but a single species of Cypseloides, a modern genus belonging to a primitive subfamily now restricted to the New World. Stuart L. Warter describes a new osprey from the Miocene of California to provide the earliest certain occurrence of the family Pandionidae and he treats functional aspects of the evolution of the wing in Pandion. Hildegarde Howard describes a new species of flightless mancalline auk, also from the Miocene of California, which is temporally and morphologically intermediate between Praemancalla lagunensis and the species of Mancalla. Robert W. Storer analyzes Pleistocene fossils of pied-billed grebes, synonymizing Podilymbus magnus Shufeldt with modern P. podiceps and describing a new species from peninsular Florida. Kenneth E. Campbell, Jr., lists 53 species of birds, including new species of Buteo and Oreopholus, from a Pleistocene deposit in southwestern Ecuador and compares this with a fauna of similar age from northwestern Peru, both of which indicate more humid conditions in the past. Oscar Arredondo summarizes aspects of the morphology, evolution, and ecology of the gigantic owls, eagles, and vultures recently discovered in Pleistocene deposits in Cuba. Joel Cracraft analyzes variation in the moas of New Zealand, reduces the number of species recognized to 13, and suggests that several species pairs represent examples of sexual size dimorphism. G. Victor Morejohn reports remains of the extinct flightless duck Chendytes lawi, previously known only from Pleistocene deposits, from Indian middens in northern California and concludes that the species became extinct through human agency less than 3800 years ago
Rails of the world : a monograph of the family Rallidae by S. Dillon Ripley( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossil birds from the Oligocene Jebel Qatrani Formation, Fayum Province, Egypt by D. Tab Rasmussen( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossils from fluvial deposits of early Oligocene age in Egypt document the earliest known diverse avifauna from Africa, comprising at least 13 families and 18 species. Included are the oldest fossil records of the Musophagidae (turacos), Pandionidae (ospreys), Jacanidae (jacanas), and Balaenicipitidae (shoebilled storks). Other families represented are the Accipitridae (hawks and eagles), Rallidae (rails), Gruidae (cranes), Phoenicopteridae (flamingos), Ardeidae (herons), Ciconiidae (storks), and Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants). A highly distinctive rostrum is described as a new family, Xenerodiopidae, probably most closely related to herons. A humerus lacking the distal end is tentatively referred to the same family. Two new genera and three species of large to very large jacanas are described from the distal ends of tarsometatarsi. This Oligocene avifauna resembles that of modern tropical African assemblages. The habitat preferences of the constituent species of birds indicate a tropical, swampy, vegetation-choked, fresh-water environment at the time of deposition
Presbyornis and the origin of the Anseriformes (Aves, Charadriomorphae) by Storrs L Olson( Book )

13 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Lower Eocene frigatebird from the Green River formation of Wyoming (Pelecaniformes, Fregatidae) by Storrs L Olson( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new subfamily, Limnofregatinae, is erected for the first known Tertiary specimens of the pelecaniform family Fregatidae. These are described as a new genus and species, Limnofregata azygosternon. The holotype is a nearly complete skeleton with feather impressions. Two additional specimens, consisting of a partial skeleton and a fragment of ulna, are referred to the same species. All are from freshwater lake deposits in the Lower Eocene Green River Formation of Wyoming, which are roughly 50 million years old. The principal differences between Limnofregata and modern frigatebirds (Fregata) are seen in its shorter and less hooked rostrum, proportionately shorter wings and longer hindlimb, in the lack of fusion in the pectoral girdle, and in the lack of extensive pneumatization of the skeleton. The fossilform is, nevertheless, well advanced along the lines of modern frigatebirds and nothing in its morphology seems to preclude its being ancestral to Fregata. The fossil provides additional support for placing the suborder Fregatae between the more primitive tropicbirds (suborder Phaethontes) and the members of the suborder Pelecani. Frigatebirds in the early Tertiary evidently occupied different habitats or a wider range of habitats than the modern forms and have only subsequently been restricted to a purely oceanic environment
Relationships and evolution of flamingos [Aves, Phoenicopteridae) by Storrs L Olson( Book )

13 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossil vertebrates from the Bahamas by Storrs L Olson( Book )

14 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three papers in this volume summarize the previous literature on fossil vertebrates from the Bahamas, provide revisions of the previously described fossil specimens, include identifications of newly collected material, and discuss changes in the late Pleistocene environment of the Bahaman archipelago. Olson and Pregill review the history of fossil exploration in the Bahamas, describe the known fossil localities, and briefly discuss the depauperate mammalian fauna. Pregill reviews the Pleistocene herpetofauna of New Providence Island, which is similar to that found on the island today, the only extinct taxa being a tortoise (Geochelone), a crocodile (Crocodylus), an iguana (Cyclura), and a gecko of the genus Aristelliger (previously misidentified as Tarentola). Taphonomy of the New Providence deposits and the zoogeographical patterns of the herpetofauna are discussed in relation to arid climatic conditions of the Wisconsinan glacial period. It is suggested that the establishment of a north-south rainfall gradient within the Bahamas has caused more extinctions in the wetter northern islands, whereas a more diverse herpetofauna persists in the drier southern islands. Olson and Hilgartner review the fossil record of birds from the Bahamas and propose the following changes in nomenclature: Calohierax quadratus Buteo sp., Burhinus nanus Burhinus bistriatus nanus, Glaucidium dickinsoni Athene cunicularia, Otus providentiae Athene cunicularia, Bathoceleus hyphalus Melanerpes superciliaris, Corvus wetmorei Corvus nasicus. About 50% of the fossil avifauna of New Providence no longer occurs there and 40% is extinct in the Bahamas. Species composition indicates that the Bahamas in the late Pleistocene were drier and had more open savanna-like and broadleaf scrub habitats. Subsequent increases in rainfall caused habitat changes that resulted in extinction. The implications of this for modern ecological theories are discussed
Paleornithology of St. Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean by Storrs L Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present avifauna of St. Helena is a very depauperate one, many species of birds having been extirpated since man's discovery of the island in 1502. The great extent of this extinction was confirmed by a study of over 4600 specimens of fossil and subfossil bird bones, representing 21 species, collected from rich deposits on the island. These deposits vary in age and fall roughly into three groups, the oldest of which extends well back into the Pleistocene, the youngest of which is very recent, and the third is intermediate. The deposits yielded the remains of the following species, six of which are here described as new: ProcellariidaePterodroma rupinarum, new species, Bulweria bifax, new species, Puffinus pacificoides, new species, P. griseus, P. Iherminieri; OceanitidaePelagodroma marina, Oceanodroma castro; PhaethontidaePhaethon aethereus; SulidaeSula sula, S. dactylatra; FregatidaeFregata ariel trinitatis, F. minor; RallidaeAtlantisia podarces, Porzana astrictocarpus; CharadriidaeCharadrius sanctaehelenae; LaridaeLarus sp., Gygis alba, Sterna fuscata; ColumbidaeDysmoropelia dekarchiskos, new genus and species; CuculidaeNannococcyx psix, new genus and species; UpupidaeUpupa antaios, new species. Pterodroma rupinarum and Puffinus pacificoides belong to species-groups that presently occur in the Indo-Pacific but not in the Atlantic; no gadfly-petrel of the size of Bulweria bifax is found in the Atlantic today. Puffinus griseus and Larus sp. are thought merely to have been vagrants on St. Helena. The pigeon and the hoopoe were both large and probably flightless. Differences in the composition and relative abundance of species between the deposits of different age indicate that the marine environment at St. Helena became progressively more tropical late in the Pleistocene. This resulted in great decreases in, or even extinction of, some of the species of Procellariiformes and in the appearance later in the fossil record of more purely tropical seabirds such as boobies, frigatebirds, and Sooty Terns
Fossil birds from late Quaternary deposits in New Caledonia by Jean Christophe Balouet( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on fossil and extant vertebrates from San Salvador (Watling's) Island, Bahamas by Storrs L Olson( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationships of the Pedionomidae (Aves, Charadriiformes) by Storrs L Olson( Book )

16 editions published in 1981 in English and French and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pédionome errant, Hémipode à collier, Plains-wanderer
The birds of the Republic of Panama by Alexander Wetmore( Book )

in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prodromus of the fossil avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands by Storrs L Olson( Book )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morphological similarities between the Menurae and the Rhinocryptidae, relict passerine birds of the southern hemisphere by Alan Feduccia( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The avifauna of the cayerias of southern Cuba, with the ornithological results of the Paul Bartsch Expedition of 1930 by Donald W Buden( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands by Storrs L Olson( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Olson, Storrs Lovejoy.

Olson, Storrs Lovejoy 1944-

Storrs L. Olson

Storrs L. Olson American biologist and ornithologist

Storrs L. Olson Amerikaans paleontoloog

Storrs L. Olson ornithologue américain

Storrs Lovejoy Olson US-amerikanischer Paläontologe und Ornithologe

Storrs Olson

Storrs Olson biologo e ornitologo statunitense

Олсон, Сторрс Лавджой

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