Dedication. Table of Contents. List of Illustrations. Preface. I. Introduction. II. The Biography of an Idea. III. Geology. IV. Morphological Characteristics of Fisherites orbis. V. Morphology of a Merom. VI. Quaestio disputata: Morphological Reductionism. VII. Summary and Beyond.Addendum: Horns of Dilemma: Phosphatization. Appendix I: Taxonomic Assignment of Receptaculitids. Appendix II: Names Receptaculitid Taxa. References. Authors Index. Taxonomic Index. Subject Index.
Receptaculitids are extinct high-level fossils that provide a window into the history of life. After the discovery and analysis of a deposit of phosphatized receptaculitids on the Baltic Sea island of Öland, the authors conclude that receptaculitids possess an attribute not found in any other group of organisms, living or fossil.
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