Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

Ron Eng rceng at
Wed Nov 14 17:44:29 GMT 2012

Here’s another vote for stromatolites. (Didn’t they rule the earth for more than a couple of billion years?)


And how about…

the Vendobionta

Pikaia from the Burgess Shale

ammonoids and nautiloids

birds and the non-avian dinosaurs


Ronald Eng
Geology Collections Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
University of Washington
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From: paleonet-bounces at [mailto:paleonet-bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Moon
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:08 AM
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Subject: Re: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils


Stromatolites, I guess

Peter Moon, Ph.D.

Editor at Large

São Paulo-SP



Em 14/11/2012, às 14:00, Marc Srour <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
> Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:10:34 +0100
> To: 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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