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Fantastic fossils : a guide to finding and identifying prehistoric life

Fantastic fossils : a guide to finding and identifying prehistoric life

Author: Donald R Prothero; Mary Persis Williams
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Nothing fills us with a sense of wonder like fossils. What looks at first like a simple rock is in fact a clue that reveals the staggering diversity of ancient environments, the winding pathways of evolution, and the majesty of a vanished earth. But as much as one might daydream of digging a hole in the backyard and finding a Tyrannosaurus, only a few places contain these buried treasures, and when a scientist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Prothero, Donald R.
Fantastic fossils.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2019024030
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Prothero; Mary Persis Williams
ISBN: 9780231551489 0231551487
OCLC Number: 1111639695
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents: Intro --
Table of Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Part I. Fossils Are Where You Find Them --
1. Fantastic Fossils --
2. How Are Fossils Formed? --
3. What Kinds of Rocks Yield Fossils? --
4. Where Do You Find Fossils? --
5. Dating Fossils --
6. Collecting Fossils: Badlands --
7. Collecting Fossils: Beaches --
8. Collecting Fossils: Quarries and Roadcuts --
9. The Crucial Step: Collecting Data --
Part II. Identifying Your Fossils --
10. What's in a Name? --
11. Phylum Porifera: Sponges and Their Relatives --
12. Phylum Cnidaria (Coelenterates): Sea Jellies, Sea Anemones, and Corals 13. Phylum Brachiopoda: Brachiopods, or Lamp Shells --
14. Phylum Bryozoa: Bryozoans, or Moss Animals --
15. Phylum Arthropoda: Trilobites and Their Relatives --
16. Phylum Mollusca: Clams, Snail, Squids, and Their Relatives --
17. Phylum Echinodermata: Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, and Their Relatives --
18. Phylum Hemichordata: Graptolites --
19. Phylum Chordata: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals --
20. Paleobotany: Fossil Plants --
Index --
Color Illustrations
Responsibility: Donald R. Prothero ; illustrated by Mary Persis Williams.
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In Fantastic Fossils, Donald R. Prothero offers an accessible, entertaining, and richly illustrated guide to the paleontologist's journey. He details the best places to look for fossils, the art of  Read more...


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This book condenses most of what you find in a college textbook on paleontology into a concise, readable handbook that explains everything from how to find and collect fossils to how to assign them Read more...

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