Alcide d’Orbigny, a precursor for the study of the Danian fauna of the Paris Basin (France)

Jean-Michel PACAUD & Didier MERLE

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 1 (7) - Pages 587-598

Published on 31 December 2002

This article is a part of the thematic issue International symposium – Tribute to Alcide d'Orbigny – Muséum, Paris, 1st to 5th July 2002 – Part II

One of the major contributions of Alcide d’Orbigny to palaeontology is his work on the Danian of the Paris Basin. The Danian material includes well-preserved external imprints of Invertebrates. By making casting of these imprints, Alcide d’Orbigny inaugurated an original technique, which enabled him to describe more than 40 species. The question of the age of the Danian localities has long been debated since that time. It was settled once and for all in the seventies by micropalaeontologists.


Alcide d’Orbigny, Danian, Paris Basin, palaeontology, history

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