Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
tholtz at umd.edu
Wed Nov 14 17:44:59 GMT 2012
I would say that the Great Animal of Maastricht (Mosasaurus hoffmani) as the first clues for a vanished Age of Reptiles, and the
type specimen of Homo neanderthalensis for the existence of fossil non-sapiens humans.
More parochially, and more recently in terms of scientific contributions, the discovery of Sinosauropteryx prima was the first
fossil to demonstrate the presence of feathers/feather homologues in dinosaurs well basal to Archaeopteryx, and kicked off the
current era of dinosaurian studies.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz at umd.edu Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA
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> From: paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk [mailto:paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk] On Behalf Of bjoern kroeger
> Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:11 AM
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> 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
> know, which fossils could be considered by you as the most important / most iconic for our past & current understanding of
> 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
> 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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