Noor Farsan will always be remembered for his friendliness and cheerful demeanor as well as for his contributions to paleontology. His premature death from a long-standing cancer illness on 23 April 2003, at the age of 62 is not only a great personal loss to family and friends but to the world of science as well. His passing marks the end of a unique type of research into the paleobiology of tentaculitids, in which the shell structure rather than external shell morphology of these animals was emphasized as a basis for taxonomy and phylogeny.

Noor was born in Kabul, Afghanistan,...

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