In the 1970s, comic genius George Carlin pushed the limits of censorship with a popular routine regarding the seven words you cannot say on television. Similarly, one can argue that geologists currently seeking grants from major funding sources, at least in the USA, are well advised to avoid using certain words or phrases in their proposals: regional, taxonomy, geologic mapping, and, perhaps the worst of the lot, biostratigraphy. This is quite unfortunate because, in reality, we have barely begun to tap the correlation potential of species range data within Cambrian and Ordovician strata, especially those provided...

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