ESS102H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Principle Of Faunal Succession, Georges Cuvier, Paleontology

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15 Nov 2011
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Set-up the drop box on blackboard for friday november 18th. Images of present day starfish, and a fossil of a starfish that is 400 million yrs old starfish didn"t change much during that time. But not true for most of the animals and plants that we find today on this planet. We wanna know how life and humans have evolved. What does the future hold: famous players/ beginnings of palaeontology. Prodromus relates some research he did on sharks (dissected a shark) recognized that some fossils that were found called glossopetrae are actually shark teeth. At the time were thought of as snake tongues. Robert hooke invented compound microscope, similarity of modern and petrified (fossilized) wood. Suggested that new life forms had come into being through geological time. Georges cuvier compared mammoth jaws to indian and african elephants showed distinct species documented other examples of extinct species.

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