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Re: What are the biggest highlights of modern paleontology?
How modern is modern? How far back do you wish to go.
I would certainly say that the debunking of Piltdown man was an enormous
event. Not only clearing up an historical problem, but being a landmark step
in the movement of paleontology forward into new area of thinking and
analysis, but also showing us how to apply the techniques of other
disciplines, and helping paleontologists to see that simple morphological
examination and comparison of specimens was not enough.
Clair Russell Ossian, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Geology
Tarrant County College
2805 Raintree Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006