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The Global History of PaleopathologyPioneers and Prospects$
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Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001

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Roy L. Moodie

Roy L. Moodie

Pioneer Paleopathologist of Deep Time

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(p.70) 9 Roy L. Moodie
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The Global History of Paleopathology
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Della Collins Cook

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.003.0009

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Roy L. Moodie. This is followed by a discussion of his contributions to paleopathology. Moodie is among the eleven founders of paleopathology in the United States. Correspondence and archival information paint a picture of a somewhat obsessive person pursuing his eccentric interests despite daunting personal and professional obstacles. Moodie (1920) pioneered the application of histology to fossils while still at UICM, and made claims to identifying preserved blood cells and bacteria. He also argued that the hyperdorsiflexed necks of whole animals in several fossil assemblages were a sign of tetany and fatal injury to the central nervous system.

Keywords:   paleopathology, history, biography, histology, fossils

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