The broad original aims of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists can be regarded as sponsoring expertness or specialization in one phase of petroleum geology. At the earliest stage, the society was chiefly of micropaleontologists. The use of electric logs stifled some applications of practical paleontology. Mineralogy-petrology, as a field paralleling that of micropaleontology, failed to materialize. Of concern today is the origin of specialists and future sources of these individuals. A stated principle for university education is that nothing should be taught which can be learned better on the job in a few months. This rule has not been the controlling thought in geologic curricula over a period of years.

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