Walter C. Sweet's scientific contributions

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It is rare in the annals of science for a single publication to provide a definitive introduction to a previously unknown group of animals. Yet this was the case with the monograph that included the initial descriptions of an important, extinct group of fossil animals: the conodonts. The publication, by Christian Heinrich Pander, appeared in St Pet...


... Logically this volume commences with Christian Heinrich Pander (1794-1865), long-time resident of modern day Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire and the unchallenged conodont discoverer, who make his remarkable finding sometime around 1848-1850. Pander remains a hero because his 1856 monograph, published in German in St Petersburg, stands as a classic paper that provided much correct assessment despite many subsequent reinterpretations (Sweet & Cooper 2008). Today conodont researchers gather as the "Pander Society". ...