Sir William Dawson (1820–1899): a very modern paleobotanist

@article{FalconLang2006SirWD,
  title={Sir William Dawson (1820–1899): a very modern paleobotanist},
  author={H. Falcon-Lang and J. Calder},
  journal={Atlantic Geology},
  year={2006},
  volume={41},
  pages={103-114}
}
Sir William Dawson was one of Canada’s most influential Nineteenth Century geologists. Although a lifelong opponent of the concept of evolution, a stance that resulted in him being sidelined by the scientific community, he made enormous contributions to Pennsylvanian paleobotany, especially at the Joggins fossil cliffs of Nova Scotia. Key to Dawson’s success was his recognition of the importance of a field-based research program, in which fossil plants could be observed in their precise… Expand
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In a recent visit to the South Joggins, with the view of further studying the fossils of that district, and more especially of searching for reptilian remains in any erect stumps of Sigillaria thatExpand
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Ichnolites.—The coal-formation of Nova Scotia has already yielded ichnolites of three species, specimens of which, all unfortunately very imperfect, have been presented to the Geological Societby Mr.Expand
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In the long range of rapidly wasting cliffs at the South Joggins, every successive year exposes new examples of erect trees and other fossils; and, as the removal of the fallen débris is equallyExpand
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