Could he have uncovered the reason as to why birds have been dropping dead around the world????
Carnegie Museum of Natural History ornithologist dies in car crash
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the victim of a fatal car crash as Bradley Livezey, a world-renowned Carnegie Museum of Natural History ornithologist.
The crash occurred along Route 910 near North Chapel Drive and Pearce Mill Road in Pine around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Livezey, 56, of Wexford, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:07 a.m.
Mr. Livezey served as the birds curator at the museum. His research focused on flightless birds and on using genetic analysis to study the evolution of birds, among other things. A seminal paper he authored in 1986 led to classifications of birds adopted by many field guides and books on waterfowl. Mr. Livezey was considered one of the top bird anatomists in the world.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Livezey was a world-renowned ornithologist whose wide range of research included the evolution of flightless birds, ecology and behavior of steamer ducks, and the genetic analysis of birds and avian disorders, according to his resume on the Carnegie Museum of Natural History website.
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