The importance of the subject of applied paleontology is, of course, due to the fact that long experience has demonstrated that the only satisfactory data for establishing a geological chronology are to be gathered from a study of the successive life forms in the earth’s strata, and the chronological relations of the various rock strata with which the geologist comes into contact in his field studies are a consideration of the highest importance to him. It must be recognized in this connection that both the paleontology and the stratigraphy, from the standpoint of the geologist, are but adjuncts to historical geology, and the ultimate purpose of applied paleontology is to throw light upon the succession of events that have taken place in the course of the earth’s history.
Before discussing the proper methods to be pursued in the training of students in applied paleontology, the necessary qualifications of one who . . .