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Re: Lagerstatten (was: FW: Help with Cladistics)
In a message dated 95-09-05 20:18:09 EDT, swf@ElSegundoCA.ATTGIS.COM (Stan
>A Lagerstatten is a site of unusually detailed fossil preservation,
>especially of soft parts. The Solnhofen Limestone is one such.
>The Burgess Shale is another.
The word is Lagerstatt (nominative singular) and Lagerstaette (nominative
plural--the "ae" should be written "a-umlaut" but that's not a standard
character and won't transmit through the Internet). In ordinary German it
connotes a resting-place, a couch, a bed, lodging, or an encampment. Apply
this concept to a "bed" of fossils for the paleo meaning.