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The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research

James W. Valentine

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/9780226748597.003.0020
The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research

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This chapter describes the author's personal experiences as a scientist committed to integrating paleontological and biological study. It discusses early attempts to fashion paleobiological hypotheses based on fossil associational and distributional data, the application of molecular techniques in paleobiology, and the advantages of cooperative research on mutual problems. The article argues that attempts to relate faunal associations and fossil distributions in the 1960s and 1970s eventually fueled a subsequent movement of paleobiological findings into biology.

Keywords: paleontological research; biological study; molecular techniques; faunal associations; fossil distributions

Chapter.  5093 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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