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prin·ci·ple of fau·nal suc·ces·sion

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  1. Principle of faunal succession

    The principle of faunal succession, also known as the law of faunal succession, is based on the observation that sedimentary rock strata contain fossilized flora and fauna, and that these fossils succeed each other vertically in a specific, reliable order that can be identified over wide horizontal distances. A fossilized Neanderthal bone will never be found in the same stratum as a fossilized Megalosaurus, for example, because neanderthals and megalosauruses lived during different geological periods, separated by many millions of years. This allows for strata to be identified and dated by the fossils found within. This principle, which received its name from the English geologist William Smith, is of great importance in determining the relative age of rocks and strata. The fossil content of rocks together with the law of superposition helps to determine the time sequence in which sedimentary rocks were laid down. Theories of evolution explain the observed faunal and floral succession preserved in rocks, which are the facts on which the understanding of evolution is based. The occurrence of faunal succession was thoroughly documented by Smith in England during the first decade of the 19th century, and concurrently in France by Cuvier. Archaic biological features and organisms are succeeded in the fossil record by more modern versions. For instance, paleontologists investigating the evolution of birds predicted that feathers would first be seen in primitive forms on flightless predecessor organisms such as feathered dinosaurs. This is precisely what has been discovered in the fossil record: simple feathers, incapable of supporting flight, are succeeded by increasingly large and complex feathers.

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    The numerical value of principle of faunal succession in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

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    The numerical value of principle of faunal succession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • principio de la sucesión faunísticaSpanish
  • faunal उत्तराधिकार का सिद्धांतHindi
  • 动物继承原则Chinese

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