Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

Magdalena Gill coppercarbonate at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 18:11:34 GMT 2012


How about an ancient coelacanth and its present day relative Latimeria, as
an example of both a transitional form, and a living fossil?


On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM, Pojeta, John <POJETAJ at si.edu> wrote:

> Bjorn,****
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> *From:* paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk [mailto:paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk] *On
> Behalf Of *Hasiotis, Stephen Tom
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:30 PM
> *To:* Greg Burzynski; PaleoNet
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> *Subject:* Re: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils****
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> Bjorn,****
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> 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.****
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> 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.****
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> 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
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> Thanks for asking,****
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> *From: *Greg Burzynski <paleogreg at yahoo.com>
> *Reply-To: *Greg Burzynski <paleogreg at yahoo.com>, PaleoNet <
> paleonet at nhm.ac.uk>
> *Date: *Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:12 AM
> *To: *PaleoNet <paleonet at nhm.ac.uk>
> *Subject: *Re: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils****
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> I would vote for *Dickinsonia, Charnia* or* Charniodiscus* from the
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> *From:* Peter Moon <pmoon1 at gmail.com>
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:08 AM
> *Subject:* Re: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils****
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> Stromatolites, I guess
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> Em 14/11/2012, às 14:00, Marc Srour <marcsrour at gmail.com> escreveu:****
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> 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.
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> > From: bk at tiefes-leben.de
> > Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:10:34 +0100
> > To: paleonet at nhm.ac.uk
> > Subject: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils
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> > Hello PaleoNet,
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> > 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.
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> > I think of the Archeopteryx as an icon for a "missing link", the "Ohio
> animal" as an icon for extinction.
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> > I also have fossils in mind, that are iconic for specific events, such
> as Anomalocaris for the Cambrian explosion.
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> > 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.
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> > Suggestions are welcome! (Probably there is already a compilation
> published somewhere?)
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> > Thank you,
> > Björn Kröger
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