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Walter Andrew Bell (1889–1969) is considered the “Father of Canadian Carboniferous Biostratigraphy.” He was one of the most distinguished members of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Bell’s association with the Canadian Geological Survey spanned almost 60 years, and his research covered a wide geological spectrum but had crystal-clear focus. His greatest goal and accomplishment was the establishment of the major stratigraphic subdivisions of the Carboniferous System of the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and of Newfoundland. He used both plants and invertebrate fossils for correlating the Carboniferous subdivisions of the Maritimes with those of the Carboniferous...

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