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New perspectives on the globally important Ediacaran fossil discoveries in Charnwood Forest, UK; Harley's 1848 prequel to Ford (1958)

Mike P. A. Howe, Mark Evans, John N. Carney and Philip R. Wilby
New perspectives on the globally important Ediacaran fossil discoveries in Charnwood Forest, UK; Harley's 1848 prequel to Ford (1958)
Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (November 2012) 59 (2): 137-144

Abstract

The study of latest Neoproterozoic fossils that comprise the Ediacara biota is a relatively new frontier of palaeontology. That it started when it did is due, in no small measure, to the discovery of macrofossils in Charnwood Forest in 1957, and their description in a paper to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society by Trevor Ford in 1958. There is a prequel to this, however. We reveal newly found correspondence showing that as long ago as 1848 enterprising naturalists had seen these macrofossils and recognized them as such. The subsequent rejection of those finds by others mirrors the experiences of geologists elsewhere in the world, and is attributed to a previously received wisdom that macrofossils only occurred in Cambrian or younger strata.


ISSN: 0044-0604
EISSN: 2041-4811
Coden: PYGSAB
Serial Title: Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
Serial Volume: 59
Serial Issue: 2
Title: New perspectives on the globally important Ediacaran fossil discoveries in Charnwood Forest, UK; Harley's 1848 prequel to Ford (1958)
Affiliation: British Geological Survey, Keyworth, United Kingdom
Pages: 137-144
Published: 201211
Text Language: English
Publisher: Yorkshire Geological Society, Leeds, United Kingdom
References: 52
Accession Number: 2013-012293
Categories: General paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: Leicester Arts and Museums Service, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201309
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