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Malcolm McKenna

Malcolm Carnegie McKenna
Born (1931-07-21)July 21, 1931
Pomona, California
Died March 3, 2008(2008-03-03) (aged 76)
Boulder, Colorado
Fields paleontology
molecular biology
Institutions American Museum of Natural History
Columbia University
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Pomona College
University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1958)
Known for Classification of mammals
Notable awards Paleontological Society Medal (1992)
Romer-Simpson Medal (2001)
Spouse Priscilla McKenna
Children Douglas, Andrew, Katharine, and Bruce

Dr. Malcolm Carnegie McKenna (1930–2008) was an American paleontologist and author on the subject.[1]


  • Paleontologist 1
  • Family 2
  • Bibliography of publications 3
    • A-C 3.1
    • D-F 3.2
    • G-J 3.3
    • K-L 3.4
    • M 3.5
    • McKenna 1950s 3.6
    • McKenna 1960s 3.7
    • McKenna 1970s 3.8
    • McKenna 1980s 3.9
    • McKenna 1990s 3.10
    • McKenna 2000s 3.11
    • M continued 3.12
    • N 3.13
    • R-S 3.14
    • T-W 3.15
  • References 4
  • External links 5


McKenna began his paleontology career at the Webb School of California (grades 9-12) in Claremont, California, under noted paleontologist and teacher, Raymond Alf. He attended the California Institute of Technology and Pomona College, then graduated in paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned his Ph.D.[1]

He was the curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Through most of his four decades at the museum, he held a professorship in geosciences at Columbia University.[1]

With Susan K. Bell, he co-authored the 1997 book Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level, a comprehensive work genealogy of Mammalia, including the systematics, relationships, and occurrences of all Mammal taxa, living and extinct, down through the rank of genus.[2]

Awarded the Paleontological Society Medal in 1992 and the Romer-Simpson Medal in 2000; The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s highest honor.[3]


McKenna was born in Pomona, California, the son of Bernice and Donald McKenna, a founding trustee of Claremont McKenna College in Southern California.

He was a resident of Englewood, New Jersey while he was at the American Museum of Natural History. His wife, Priscilla had served as President of the City Council for many years.[4] A great-grandparent was a cousin of the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.[1]

McKenna's son Bruce is a screenwriter whose work has included the television miniseries The Pacific.[5]

Malcolm Carnegie McKenna died on March 3, 2008, in Boulder, Colorado.[6]

Bibliography of publications




  • (Reprint of Gutmann, Pushkar, and McKenna, 1989)


  • (Desert Studies Consortium, in association with LSA Associates, Inc.)


McKenna 1950s

McKenna 1960s

  • (Abridgment of McKenna, 1962a)
  • (Revision of McKenna, 1960g)
  • , session 4, paper 2: 9–10

McKenna 1970s

  • (Russian translation of McKenna, 1965f)

McKenna 1980s

  • (Facsimile reprint of McKenna, 1973a)

McKenna 1990s

  • (Chinese translation of McKenna, 1984a)

McKenna 2000s

M continued



  • [to letter to Nature from G.W. Rougier, J.R. Wible and M.J. Novacek]
  • [Russian translation of Stucker, Galusha, and McKenna, 1965]




  1. ^ a b c d NY Times: Malcolm McKenna . 10 March 2008 obituary.
  2. ^ .Classification of Mammals Above the Species LevelGoogle Books: ISBN 978-0231110136.
  3. ^ Wilford, John Noble. "Malcolm McKenna, 77, Fossil Seeker, Dies". The New York Times. Accessed March 10, 2008.
  4. ^ Elliott, Ann Brimacombe. Charming the Bones: A Portrait of Margaret Matthew Colbert, p. 80. Kent State University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-87338-648-5. Accessed July 22, 2011. "The McKennas were not strictly Leonians. They lived in the next town, Englewood. Malcolm McKenna was a colleague of Ned's, a paleontologist at the American Museum. His wife, Priscilla, played the harpsichord professionally in New York and some years later became mayor of Englewood."
  5. ^ Rohan, Virginia. started in 2002"The Pacific"Englewood native's work on HBO's , The Record (Bergen County), March 14, 2010. Accessed July 22, 2011. "Born 48 years ago today at Englewood Hospital, McKenna always gravitated to history. His late father, Malcolm, was an eminent paleontologist based at New York's American Museum of Natural History. (His mom, Priscilla, who now lives in Boulder, Colo., is a former Englewood City Council president.)"
  6. ^ Malcolm Carnegie McKenna
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