Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils

friedmanhvj at friedmanhvj at
Wed Nov 14 19:56:55 GMT 2012

I think it is important to introduce microfossils to your audience also. A lot of people are not aware of their existance in the fossil record. Microfossils have a tremendous importance in biostratigraphy (i.e oil exploration) and in paleoecology,paleoceanophaphic reconstructions,  for instance. In addition, some members of  the major groups Forams, Rads, diatoms, etc etc. possess outstandig beauty. Some microscopes and micropaleontological slides can be set up or everybody  to take a look.
Some good SEM pics of coccolithophores i.e Emiliania huxleyi in today Earth's oceans plankton will also add to  you educational project.
Virginia Friedman

--- On Wed, 11/14/12, bjoern kroeger <bk at> wrote:

From: bjoern kroeger <bk at>
Subject: Paleonet: most iconic / most important fossils
To: "PaleoNet" <paleonet at>
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 3:10 PM

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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