John Edgar Fitch (1918-1982): Pleistocene Fish Paleontologist

Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek
Ballona Institute
322 Culver Blvd., Suite 317
Playa del Rey, California 90293
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ŠNovember 19, 2010

John Edgar Fitch, (1918-1982) studied the paleontology of fish of southern California, particularly the Pleistocene Epoch, circa 20,000 years ago. He studied fish fossils at Playa Del Rey of the Historic Greater Ballona Estuarine Lagoon in the 1960s, as well as at San Pedro and at Newport Bay in Orange County. His publications are very interesting and the Ballona Institute has these publications in the archives and library.

In addition, John Fitch was interested in an allied field to paleontology, known as Zooarchaeology, which is another topic of research in another web page abstract. Clearly, John Fitch had wide interests, making him a man of many scientific disciplines. These scientist "hats" that he wore professionally include: Zooarchaeologist, Paleontologist, Malacologist, Ichthyologist, Marine Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Ecologist, Conservation Scientist, Biogeographer, and Naturalist.