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Eduard Suess on graptolites; his very first scientific paper and illustrations

A. M. C. Sengor
Eduard Suess on graptolites; his very first scientific paper and illustrations (in The evolution of paleontological art, Renee M. Clary (editor), Gary D. Rosenberg (editor) and Dallas C. Evans (editor))
Memoir - Geological Society of America (September 2021) 218


The very first scientific paper by Eduard Suess (1831-1914) treats the graptolites of Bohemia in the present-day Czech Republic (in the Upper Proterozoic to Middle Devonian "Barrandian" extending between Prague and Plzen). This paper is accompanied by superb drawings of his observations in which Suess took great care not to insert himself between Nature as he perceived it in the framework of the knowledge of his day and his readers. His only limitation was the one imposed by the size of his study objects. His technological means did not allow him to see what we today consider the "right" picture. Nevertheless, we can see what he saw and interpret it through a modern lens of understanding. In his drawings, Suess exercised what the great German geologist Hans Cloos later called "the art of leaving out." This meant that in the drawings, the parts not relevant to the discussion are left only in outline, whereas parts he wished to highlight are brought to the fore by careful shading. Even the parts left only in outline are not schematic, however; instead they are careful reconstructions true to Nature as much as the material and his technological aids allowed. This characteristic of Suess' illustrations is seen also in his later field sketches concerning stratigraphy and structural geology and in his depiction of the large tectonic features of our globe representing a window into his manner of thinking.

ISSN: 0072-1069
Serial Title: Memoir - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 218
Title: Eduard Suess on graptolites; his very first scientific paper and illustrations
Title: The evolution of paleontological art
Author(s): Sengor, A. M. C.
Author(s): Clary, Renee M.editor
Author(s): Rosenberg, Gary D.editor
Author(s): Evans, Dallas C.editor
Affiliation: Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Maden Fakultesi, Jeoloji Bolumu, Istanbul, Turkey
Affiliation: Mississippi State University, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State, MS, United States
Published: 20210917
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 9780813782188
References: 25
Accession Number: 2021-067323
Categories: General paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. port.
N49°23'60" - N50°15'00", E13°10'00" - E14°30'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 202147
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