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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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

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

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(p.254) Chapter Thirteen Reg Sprigg and the Discovery of the Ediacara Fauna in South Australia: Its Approach to the High Table
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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Susan Turner

David Oldroyd

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0014

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

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