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Unformatted text preview: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution-Interlude D (2 nd Ed)-Interlude E (3 rd Ed) What is a fossil? • remnant or trace of an ancient living remnant or trace of an ancient living organism preserved in rock or sediment organism preserved in rock or sediment • comes from the word fossilis , which is Latin meaning “dug up” http://www.treasure-hunting-team.com/a27-treasure-hunting-for-fossil-fish.php Who studies fossils? • Paleontologists • Paleontology : study of fossils – As early as 450 B.C.E.(before current era) =A.D. (anodomany ), Greek philosophers suggested fossils were remains of sea creatures that lived at times when ocean covered what was then dry land – Many thought the shapes grew inorganically within the rock – Debate continued through the Renaissance – Modern concept of a Fossil did not arise until the 1600s – Matured into a science by the 19 th century Paleontologists hard at work! Paleontology Players • Herodotus – Greek Historian who, in 450 B.C.E, 1 st proposed the current fossil definition (sea organisms) • Leonardo da Vinci – revived Herodotus’ idea in 1500 C.E. http://www.foundalis.com/lan/c/HerodotusEn.htm http://www.hschamberlain.net/kant/kant_02_leonardo.html Paleontology Players • Nicholaus Steno (1638-1686) - Danish physician • 1669: wrote Dissertationis prodromus • Noted the similarity between fossils known as “dragon’s tongues” to the teeth of modern sharks • Concluded fossil-containing rocks originated as loose sediment that had incorporated the remains of organisms and when sediment hardened to rock, the organisms became part of the rock **Steno's law : angles between corresponding faces on crystals are the same for all specimens of the same mineral http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/steno.html http://www.evbg.de/de/ags/7b_2009/1/HAUPTSEITE.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:William_Smith_%28geologist%29.jpg Nicholas Steno Robert Hooke Bill ‘Strata’ Smith Father of English Geology Paleontology Players • Robert Hooke (1635-1703) –...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2012 for the course GEOLOGY 1122 taught by Professor Sethrose during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State.

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