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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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Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science

Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science

(p.89) Chapter Five Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science
The Paleobiological Revolution

J. William Schopf

University of Chicago Press

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

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