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Fossils as Information : New Recording and Stratal Correlation Techniques - Norman F. Hughes

Fossils as Information

New Recording and Stratal Correlation Techniques

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Published: 24th November 1989
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This book discusses procedures for handling information derived from the fossil record, and the application of this information to solving problems in geological succession and earth history. The main purpose of the book is to analyze shortcomings of the existing procedures, and to propose in their place a new set of data-handling arrangements of much greater simplicity and efficiency. The author argues that the procedures in current use are cumbersome and inefficient, and that, partly as a consequence of these information-handling methods, palaeontology has failed to make advances commensurate with technological improvements. In this book he proposes a fundamentally new system which could make possible the integrated use of every detail of geological information taken from the rocks. This would achieve better resolution in sequence correlation, in paleoecologic interpretation and in logging the course of evolution. Compatibility of style with existing records has been maintained to avoid any danger of loss of valuable data, and to simplify the process of re-evaluating old records. The book will be of interest to all paleontologists, particularly those dealing with microfossils, and is intended to stimulate discussion and criticism of both the analysis and the proposal.

Preface
Problem of Effectiveness
Introduction
Current data-handling for fossils
Proposed Solution
Suggested new Paleontologic Data-Handling Code (PDHC)
Records are primary
Nomenclature/language of records
The paleotaxon
Replacing the genus
The record package
Applications for Information-Handling
Earth and biologic evolution
Proposed new Period Classification of fossils of past organisms
Paleoenvironment investigation
General stratigraphic procedures
Limitations of the use of zones
Event-correlation
Further Considerations
Human and other problems
Main plan re-stated
Appendices: Worked examples of GOR and PTR forms
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521366564
ISBN-10: 0521366569
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 24th November 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39