Vertebrate paleontology concerns itself mainly with bones. Seldom is there any fossilized remnant of other structures. Vertebrate paleoecology has a task like that of Ezekiel, to "make those dry bones live," to try to reconstruct from the data available the habitat, the mode of life, and the associations of these creatures of the past. Unfortunately we are seldom able to accomplish our task by Ezekiel's method of "prophesying." There is call for a good play of imagination in the task and sometimes it is difficult to draw a line between what we like to call "scientific imagination" and the garden variety.
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Robertson, George M.
"Some Paleoecoloical Speculations Regarding the Earliest Vertebrates,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 57(1), 491-497.
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