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Fossils as Indicators of Continental Drift

Naturevolume 135pages10741075 (1935) | Download Citation



MOST geologists will doubtless agree with Sir Arthur Smith Woodward as to the need for caution in the interpretation of some of the fossil evidence which has been regarded as supporting the hypothesis of continental drift1. The possibility that fossils referred to the same genus or even the same species may have been developed in different areas (whether from a common or different ancestors) is familiar to those who have been concerned with Mollusca or Brachiopoda, but the implications as regards classification or the value of fossil lists are not so well understood, and Sir Arthur's warning is no doubt timely.

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    NATURE, 135, 900, June 1, 1935.

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    W. J. Jongmans und W. Gothan, “Florenfolge und vergleichende Stratigraphie des Karbons der Östlichen Staaten Nord-Amerika's. Vergleich mit West-Europa”. Geol. Bureau Heerlen, Jaarverslag over 1933, pp. 17–44 ; 1934.

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  1. Geology Department, University of Bristol

    • A. E. TRUEMAN


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