Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

Gilles Cuny Gilles at
Wed Nov 14 15:22:18 GMT 2012

Ichthyostega, the iconic legged-fish!
All the best,

Dr. Gilles Cuny 
The Natural History Museum of Denmark 
Øster Voldgade 5-7 
1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark 
Tel: (+45) 3532 2364, fax: (+45) 3532 2325 
Mobile: (+45) 2026 4436 

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Sendt: 14. november 2012 16:11
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Emne: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

Hello PaleoNet,

I am preparing a paleontological museum educational project on the history of live (very general) and for that purpose would like to know, which fossils  could be considered by you as the most important / most iconic for our past & current understanding of evolution and the history of life. 

I think of the Archeopteryx as an icon for a "missing link", the "Ohio animal" as an icon for extinction.

I also have fossils in mind, that are iconic for specific events, such as Anomalocaris for the Cambrian explosion.

I don't have necessarily individual fossils in mind, but also suite's like Trueman's Gryphaea and Brinkmann's Kosmoceras for gradualism  Willimsons Turkana molluscs for punctualism (but see Van Bocxlaer et al. 2007) etc.

Suggestions are welcome! (Probably there is already a compilation published somewhere?)

Thank you,
Björn Kröger

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Dr. Björn Kröger
Museum für Naturkunde
Invalidenstr. 43
D-10115 Berlin

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