Adolf Seilacher


Adolf Seilacher--> a German paleontologist, born on February 24th, 1925.external image 58040071-prof-adolf-seilacher.jpg
He spent most of his career investigating the different aspects and formations of fossils.
He is best known for his contribution and works in trace fossils, biostratinomy, and Ediacaran fauna, just to name a few.

Education and Career

Seilacher started his journey under a German paleontologist, Otto Schindewolf, who spent his life studying the evolution of corals and cephalopods (the mollusc class). This was done in Tübingen, Germany. In 1951, he was awarded his doctorate on trace fossils. He went to the University of Frankfurt and then to the University of Baghdad, before then moving on to getting a job as a paleontologist in Göttingen, Germany. In 1964, he went back to Tübingen as a successor of Otto Schindewolf, and has since then gained a professorship in Yale.
His works on the bathymetry (the measurement of the depth of the ocean floor from the water surface) of trace fossils, which was done in 1967, which is also what he is best known for.
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While performing his work on the bathymetry of trace fossils, he then established the concept of ichnofacies, trace fossils controlled by depth.
He analysed the trace fossils in terms of how they behaved and what contributions they had.
It wasn't until 1970 that he announced his discovery of "Konstructions-Morphologie".

external image Monte%20fish.JPGThroughout his life, Seilacher has managed to publish many papers on the topic of the fossil Lagerstatten. Lagerstatten are sedimentary deposits which show the different aspects and attributes of certain fossils, such as it's richness or completeness. Lagerstatten can provide some sort of evidence of soft body morphology, which is often rarely preserved within fossil records, and they also give viewers an appreciation as to how organisms became fossilised.
In 1983, Seilacher announced and changed all interpretations and said that the Ediacaran organisms were a seperate kingdom in life. In his point of view, Seilacher said that the fossils displayed an "alien" like body structure which was totally anything unlike anything seen on Earth today. external image Adolf_Seilacher.jpg



Awards- In 1992, the Swedish Academy of Science awarded him the Crafoord Prize. Only one of these awards are given out each year, and currently, the prize is US$50,000 which is intended for the winner to use to further fund for research investigations on their field of interest, such as mathematics, bioscience (which is in relation to evolution and ecology), astronomy and geoscience.