Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

Hasiotis, Stephen Tom hasiotis at
Wed Nov 14 17:30:14 GMT 2012


I think horseshoe crabs make a great iconic example of living fossils based on the relative consistency of the body plan since and trackway patterns since the late Paleozoic.

These animals are also very relevant to society today as they are a food supply for migratory birds, and that we use them for bait, fertilizer, and in pharmaceutical industry using their blood, particularly the white blood cells, to screen for endotoxins produced by gram-negative bacteria.

Inclusion of such an animal, with its body and trace fossil records and importance to human health, goes a long way to educate people to the importance of paleontology, evolution, the history of life and its direct relevance to society.

Thanks for asking,

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From: Greg Burzynski <paleogreg at<mailto:paleogreg at>>
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Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:12 AM
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Subject: Re: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

I would vote for Dickinsonia, Charnia or Charniodiscus from the Ediacaran


Gregory M. Burzynski
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Stromatolites, I guess

Peter Moon, Ph.D.
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Em 14/11/2012, às 14:00, Marc Srour <marcsrour at<mailto:marcsrour at>> escreveu:

My high school students always find the ecological and taxonomic diversity of trilobites fascinating, it drives home the fact that fossils aren't just "dead organisms", they're representatives of now-extinct ecologies that are nonetheless similar to modern ones even if the organisms were different.


> From: bk at<mailto:bk at>
> Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:10:34 +0100
> To: paleonet at<mailto:paleonet at>
> Subject: 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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