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Reg Sprigg and the Discovery of the Ediacara Fauna in South Australia: Its Approach to the High Table

Susan Turner and David Oldroyd

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/9780226748597.003.0014
Reg Sprigg and the Discovery of the Ediacara Fauna in South Australia: Its Approach to the High Table

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This chapter describes Australian paleontologist Reginald Sprigg's discovery of the famous Ediacaran fauna in 1946. It argues that Sprigg's discovery helped pave the way for Precambrian paleobiology and that his case illustrates the sometimes tortuous path of ideas to scientific acceptance. This chapter explains that the findings of Sprigg were not accepted until their later appropriation by Charles Walcott in his work at Burgess Shale.

Keywords: Ediacaran fauna; Reginald Sprigg; Precambrian paleobiology; scientific acceptance; Charles Walcott; Burgess shale

Chapter.  9560 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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