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A study that used a new digital library and machine reading system to suck the factual marrow from millions of geologic publications dating back decades has unraveled a longstanding mystery of ancient life: Why did easy-to-see and once-common structures called stromatolites essentially cease forming over the long arc of earth history?
Frederick Muller Schall, Jr. graduated from Princeton University in 1937 with a degree in Geology. He subsequently spent a year studying Geology at Cambridge University, England. The "Houston Chronicle" news hosts his obituary listing.