Archaeopterygid bird from China

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Thu Mar 31 21:43:22 CST 2005

I'm not an expert on fossils, so I may be way out of line here.
But....doesn't the geographic distribution of rare(ish) fossils tell us more
about the geographic distribution of circumstances conducive to fossil
creation (historical geology), and/or the geographic distribution of human
effort to excavate fossils (anthropology)...than it does about historical
distribution patterns of certain lineages (historical biogeography)?

John -- is this something along the lines of the point you are trying to


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