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Charles Wachsmuth

Born: Sep 13, 1829

Death: Feb 7, 1896

Birthplace: Hanover

Nationality: United States

Charles Wachsmuth

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1829
Date of Death : Feb 7, 1896
Birth Place : Hanover

Charles Wachsmuth was an American paleontologist born in Hanover. Educated as a lawyer, he left his profession due to ill-health and emigrated to the United States. He settled in Burlington, Iowa where he became fascinated with the crinoid fossils found in the local limestone formations. Within a few years he had built an extensive collection. In 1864 he met Louis Agassiz and the following year traveled to Europe where he studied crinoids in the British Museum and other famous collections. Inspired, he devoted all his energies to the continued collection and study of crinoid fossils. He supplied crinoid specimens to Agassiz in Cambridge and to the British Museum. He befriended another attorney, Frank Springer, in Burlington and together they continued the study of crinoids and published a series of important studies on the subject.

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