Let's imagine that Scientist A works in some field but obviously they don't do everything from scratch but rather built upon past discoveries of, for example, Scientist B who lived 200 years before Scientist A was born.
I'm looking for a word or a phrase that would describe this situation. I thought of "intergenerational cooperation" but wouldn't the word "intergenerational" imply that it refers to cooperation between of e.g. a 20-year-old and a 80-year-old living in the same times? Can I use this phrase in this context?
Do you have any beter ideas for a phrase?