First description of a fossil as a fossil?

Thomas Schlemmermeyer termites at USP.BR
Fri Jan 7 11:40:10 CST 2000

Sorry for my curiosity, giving continuity to these nice "the first
publication..." questions, I would like to know who made the first
description of a fossil as a fossil (i.e. as a trace of a formerly living
organism, and not as some strange mineral originating due to some strange,
universal, seminal laws)?


Thomas Schlemmermeyer
Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo
Caixa Postal 42694
CEP 04299-970
São Paulo, SP, Brasil

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