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Published 2 December 2012

2012 Hutton Medal

Hutton Medal – for excellence in earth sciences: awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to Professor Ewan Fordyce of the University of Otago.

The Hutton Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand for 2012 is awarded to Professor Ewan Fordyce, of the Department of Geology, University of Otago, for his seminal contributions in New Zealand vertebrate paleontology, notably in relation to the occurrence, taxonomy and display of fossil marine mammals such as whales and dolphins and of penguins. By demonstrating that the Southern Ocean was a critical location for the evolution of these marine animals, Professor Fordyce has placed New Zealand at the forefront of international research in the field.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi