YE OLDE FOSSILS OF THE USGS -- THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
By using the fossil collection information in P&S’s set of unpublished E&Rs as a starting point, we’re able to link together many seemingly disparate publications (e.g., comprehensive, formal publications on systematic paleontology, geologic maps and monographs) on the basis of the fossil information that they share. This is a powerful tool, as it enables the scientist to grasp the breadth of information and data associated with the region or topic of study, and therefore build upon previous work in a systematic fashion.
The unpublished reports, most of which were provisional and later altered during preparation for formal publication by the paleontologists, therefore do not serve as the most authoritative paleontologic and stratigraphic information for scientific analyses. Providing scans of these reports at our Website would not necessarily advance scientific knowledge and progress, but instead could greatly hinder it. They do, however, provide invaluable insight into the paleontologist’s logic and methods for biostratigraphic correlations.