Paleonet: Known First as Fossils - Clarification

Pojeta, John POJETAJ at si.edu
Wed Mar 7 15:16:43 GMT 2007


Try the bivalved snails-as I recall they were first described as fossil
pelecypods.

 

John

 

pojetaj at si.edu 

 

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[mailto:paleonet-bounces+pojetaj=si.edu at nhm.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Carl
Mehling
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 9:37 AM
To: paleonet at nhm.ac.uk; vrtpaleo at usc.edu
Subject: Paleonet: Known First as Fossils - Clarification

 

Hi All,
Some have suggested that I look into "living fossils." The examples I am
looking for are not necessarily "living fossils." To me, that term
describes taxa whose lineages have an extremely long geological records
and which persist today in basically the same form. This would be things
like Latimeria, cockroaches, Lingula, lycopods, etc. But I am only
looking for taxa that were first known as fossils and then were
subsequently found extant. This would include things like the XXX known
from 4 million year old fossils and then later found alive today, as
well as things like coelacanths, but not things like horseshoe crabs. I
also wouldn't consider the XXX a "living fossil" because of its
relatively recent oldest fossil occurrence.
Best,
Carl




Carl Mehling
Fossil Amphibian, Reptile, and Bird Collections
Division of Paleontology 
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @79th Street
New York, NY  10024
(212) 769-5849
Fax: (212) 769-5842
cosm at amnh.org

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