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oilshale posted a topic in Fossil LiteratureWiliam E. Bemis: "This paper briefly explores concepts of species of “fishes” in the fossil record . For an evolutionary biologist also interested in systematics, it is impossible to study any fossil species without careful study of and reference to extant species. Thus, this paper is informed by anatomical comparisons to extant fishes as well as their nomenclatural history, as exemplified by the Catalog of Fishes (Eschmeyer, 1998a, 2015), with the goal being synthesis of neontological and paleontological perspectives. The enormous literature on species concepts, speciation and systematic