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Concepts, Methods, and Techniques

  • Jean Chaline

Abstract

The fossils studied by paleontologists are the remains, fragmentary or complete, of organisms that have existed or the traces they have left in geological formations. Usually, fossils correspond to the hard parts of living creatures, in the vertebrates to parts of the skeleton and the teeth. Exceptionally, very fragile soft parts such as the skin, hair, membranes, feathers, and eggshells are preserved.

Keywords

Monophyletic Group Biological Species Continental Deposit Phylogenetic Systematic Woolly Rhinoceros 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Chaline
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRS-U.R.A157-DijonFrance
  2. 2.Inst. des Sciences de la TerreUniversité de DijonDijonFrance

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