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Smith Woodward's ideas on fish classification

Peter L. Forey
Smith Woodward's ideas on fish classification (in Arthur Smith Woodward; his life and influence on modern vertebrate palaeontology, Zerina Johanson (editor), Paul M. Barrett (editor), Martha Richter (editor) and M. Smith (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2016) 430: 115-127

Abstract

Smith Woodward embarked on the production of a catalogue of fossil fishes half a century after Louis Agassiz began a similar exercise. These two palaeontological goliaths remain the only authorities who saw all relevant fossil fish material in all important collections. Between their works there was a substantial increase in the number of species recognized, reflecting the nineteenth-century passion for collecting, the rise of museums, as well as an acceptance that species change through time. Agassiz was working in pre-evolutionary days but Smith Woodward's view on fish diversity was strongly influenced by the theory of evolution and specifically the writings of Thomas Henry Huxley as well as those of Edward Drinker Cope and Ramsay Heatley Traquair and their ideas of grades of evolution. Many of Smith Woodward's generic and species descriptions survive today as his lasting legacy. Higher classification has changed considerably with new discoveries and differing methods of classification.


ISSN: 0305-8719
EISSN: 2041-4927
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 430
Title: Smith Woodward's ideas on fish classification
Title: Arthur Smith Woodward; his life and influence on modern vertebrate palaeontology
Author(s): Forey, Peter L.
Author(s): Johanson, Zerinaeditor
Author(s): Barrett, Paul M.editor
Author(s): Richter, Marthaeditor
Author(s): Smith, M.editor
Affiliation: Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, London, United Kingdom
Affiliation: Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
Pages: 115-127
Published: 2016
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 34
Accession Number: 2016-083647
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. portrs.
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: 201640
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