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Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science

J. William Schopf

in The Paleobiological Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226748610
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0006
Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science

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This chapter discusses the author's own personal experience in witnessing the growth of Precambrian paleobiology. It relates how the assumptions accepted by early workers influenced the development of this science and how and by whom breakthrough advances were brought to the fore in the mid-1960s. This chapter discusses the pioneering works of John William Dawson, Charles Doolittle Walcott, and Albert Charles Seward. It also narrates the story of the gradual expansion of the fossil record over the past several decades, including the discovery of microfossils dating some 3.5 billion years old.

Keywords: Precambrian paleobiology; fossil record; microfossils; John William Dawson; Charles Doolittle Walcott; Albert Charles Seward

Chapter.  5989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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