Frederick McCoy and his contributions to stratigraphical palaeontology

McCann, Doug 2001, Frederick McCoy and his contributions to stratigraphical palaeontology, The Victorian naturalist, vol. 118, no. 5, pp. 165-177.

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Title Frederick McCoy and his contributions to stratigraphical palaeontology
Author(s) McCann, Doug
Journal name The Victorian naturalist
Volume number 118
Issue number 5
Start page 165
End page 177
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc.
Place of publication Blackburn, Vic
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary Sir Frederick McCoy made a significant contribution to the foundation of stratigraphical palaeontology. He carried out extensive taxonomic work sorting, naming and describing the Palaeozoic fossils of Ireland and Britain, and also played a decisive role in the debate between Adam Sedgwick and Roderick Murchison on where to draw the boundary between the Cambrian and Silurian systems. On his arrival in the Colony of Victoria in December 1854 he found that, contrary to the expectations of most European scientists, much of the stratigraphy and palaeontology paralleled that in the Northern Hemisphere. Hence McCoy was the first to confirm that the geological column was a global phenomenon.
Language eng
Field of Research 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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