Historical research conducted on the scientific contributions of Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864) has documented the first complete published descriptions and illustrations of abundant Early Mesozoic nonmarine burrows from the Deerfield Basin, Massachusetts [Newark Supergroup] which of late have been called Scoyenia White 1929. Although Hitchcock believed that he was describing fossilized algae or seaweeds (fucoids), his observations revealed nearly all the diagnostic characteristics of the ichnogenus; in particular, the meniscate nature of its backfilling. Today, most of his original specimens have been relocated and examined. Probable reasons for the subsequent obscurity of his findings are explored, along with rediscoveries of the same trace fossil by later generations of paleontologists.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| November 05 2007
Edward Hitchcock, Fucoides, and the Ichnogenus Scoyenia
Earth Sciences History (1992) 11 (1): 13–20.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Jordan Marché II; Edward Hitchcock, Fucoides, and the Ichnogenus Scoyenia. Earth Sciences History 1 January 1992; 11 (1): 13–20. doi: https://doi.org/10.17704/eshi.11.1.988r37704357k315
Download citation file:
Don't already have an account? Register
You could not be signed in. Please check your email address / username and password and try again.
Could not validate captcha. Please try again.
Sign in via your InstitutionSign in via your Institution
Citing articles via
Paul Lucier, Warren D. Allmon, Elizabeth D. Jones, Ph.D.