Re: Out of order fossils

Karen G. Jensen (kjensen@calweb.com)
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 17:07:08 -0600

Does anyone on the list know about these claims of Devonian insects?

I read about finds of centepedes, arachnids, and insect remains preserved
in exquisite detail in Devonian rock form upstate New York, "similar to
modern forms" (Science News 123:356-357, June 4, 1983) -- have these been
found to be contamination?

Karen

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Kevin's answer to my question [Mon, 8 Feb 1999 23:07:48 -0700]:

>>What would "out of order" fossils mean?
>>
>How about a pod of dolphin skeletons in unfaulted, unaltered, uniform
>Devonian deposits? How about a modern human skeleton found inside the rib
>cage of a Tyrannosaurus rex?
>
I wouldn't expect to find those!

The fossil record shows order.

But I did read about finds of centepedes, arachnids, and insect remains
preserved in exquisite detail in Devonian rock form upstate New York,
"similar to modern forms" (Science News 123:356-357, June 4, 1983) -- have
these been found to be contamination?

Karen