Harley Garbani was a self-taught paleontologist and archaeologist whose longtime passion for hunting dinosaur bones led him to important discoveries, including the partial skulls of the youngest-known Tyrannosaurus rex and the youngest-known triceratops.
He was a onetime plumber who gained unexpected renown pursuing his lifelong avocation — as a fossil hunter who discovered some of the world’s most significant dinosaur fossils.
From Mexico to Montana, self-taught paleontologist and archaeologist Harley Garbani spent decades “prospecting for bones” in the badlands where bedrock is exposed. He also amassed one of the finest collections of Native American artifacts in Southern California.
His prime fossilfinds are on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the University of California Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont.
Garbani died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Hemet, said his wife, Mary. He was 88. Read more.