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Fossil Record A palaeontological open-access journal of the Museum für Naturkunde

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Foss. Rec., 20, 37-45, 2016
http://www.foss-rec.net/20/37/2016/
doi:10.5194/fr-20-37-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed
under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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Odyssey in the evolution of a paleopathologist
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Paleopathology is best approached collaboratively with specialists in many fields, after resolving linguistic misadventures. Proof of concept studies provide windows to recognition of disease and resolution of previous anatomical challenges. Trans-phylogenetic representation of disease falsified speculation that "evolution" precludes analysis through time. Once speculations were tested and verified or falsified, the paleo-epidemiologic approach allowed identification of patterns of spread.
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