Paleonet: Known First as Fossils

J.Young j.young at
Thu Mar 8 00:52:04 GMT 2007

Coccoliths! They were first observed by Ehrenberg from the chalk of Rugen  -
and more generally his work on microfossils resulted in numerous marine
micro-organisms being recorded first from fossil specimens.
Dr. Jeremy R. Young
Palaeontology Dept.    Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5286
The Natural History Museum    Email: j.young at
LONDON, SW7 5BD, UK    Skype:jeremyyoungnhm

From: Carl Mehling <cosm at>
Reply-To: PaleoNet <paleonet at>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:59:42 -0500
To: <paleonet at>, <vrtpaleo at>
Subject: Paleonet: Known First as Fossils

Dear all,
Latimeria and Metasequoia are prime examples of taxa known as fossils before
being found extant. What other examples are out there in the literature?

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

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