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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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The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research

The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research

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(p.385) Chapter Nineteen The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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James W. Valentine

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0020

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

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