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A practical guide to identifying, understanding and hunting for fossils.

The Firefly Guide to Fossils is a practical, pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated field guide. Its introduction explains how fossils form and the history of ancient life. Fossil classification and distribution are described, providing essential background information for students and collectors.

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Overview

A practical guide to identifying, understanding and hunting for fossils.

The Firefly Guide to Fossils is a practical, pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated field guide. Its introduction explains how fossils form and the history of ancient life. Fossil classification and distribution are described, providing essential background information for students and collectors.

Fossil hunting is described in detail with practical advice on everything from finding sites to displaying specimens. The main part of the book presents major groups of fossils, from trilobites to tree ferns in a wide international range, from the common and easy-to-find, to dinosaur bones that would crown any collection. The entries are illustrated with color images accompanied by clear descriptive text.

A quick reference identification key organizes the 400 specimens by the major fossil classification, making it easier to find detailed information for each one.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 - R. K. Dickson
A well-presented guide to major types of fossils, their context in the rock record, and means to collect and enjoy them.
Science Books and Films - Ellis L. Yochelson
The overall balance among groups is good, and the color illustrations are excellent.
Children's Literature
What person hasn't, while hiking a rocky hillside or sifting sand through her or his fingers on a secluded beach thought of discovering a fossil? Does the surface of that pretty piece of sandstone really have the imprint of a fern? Is that smooth black triangle washed up onto the beach a fossilized shark tooth? Wouldn't a fossil guide come in handy right now? This guide to fossils, put out by Firefly Books, describes itself as a practical guide to the identification, understanding and hunting of fossils. What a gem of a guide it is! Its clear text explains how fossils form, what sorts of rock are more likely to contain fossil remains, types of fossils, where to find them and—even better—what a fossil is not. Illustrations are large, clear and in color. The book includes a section about fossil collecting, explaining how to clean, prepare and preserve fossils after getting them home. This guide ranges from being good for sparking the interest of the most casual book browser to being the definitive tool for serious fossil enthusiasts. Although this book is best used by middle or high school students through adults, I would recommend its placement in any elementary classroom or library as a great "looking at' book. Its small size makes it ideal to tuck into a backpack. 2003, Firefly Books Ltd, Ages 12 up.
—Judy Crowder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552978122
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Series: Firefly Pocket Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Firefly Books Ltd., established in 1977, is one of Canada's leading book publishers and distributors of quality non-fiction and children's books. Their goal is to bring readers beautifully produced books written by experts. Most of their books are tightly focused and contain full color photographs and illustrations throughout. With particular strengths in cookbooks, gardening, astronomy, health, natural history, pictorial books, reference books (especially for children) and sports, Firefly Books provides readers with a wealth of information.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Geology
• Geological time chart Evolution
Fossil Collecting
Classification guide
INDENTIFICATION GUIDE
Foraminiferans
Sponges
Corals
• Tabulata
• Rugosa
• Scleractinia Jellyfish
Bryozoans
• Cryptostomata
• Fenestrata
• Trepostomata
• Cystoporata
• Cyclostomata
• Cheilostomata Brachiopods
• 'Inarticulate'
• 'Articulate' Mollusks
• Bellerophonts
• Gastropods
• Cephalopods
• Scaphopods
• Bivalves Arthropods
• Trilobites
• Eurypterids
• Crustaceans
• Insects
Echinoderms
• Sea lilies
• Starfishes
• Brittle stars
• Edrioasteroids
• Blastoids
• Sea urchins Graptolites
Vertebrates
• Fishes
• Reptiles
• Birds
• Mammals Fossil land plants
• Coal measure plants
• Mesozoic and Tertiary plants Trace fossils

Fossil sites
Glossary
Index

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Preface

Excerpted from the Introduction

What is a Fossil?

Fossils are the remains of animals and plants more than 10,000 years old. Fossils usually represent the harder parts of organisms, since these are the most resistant to decay and erosion. Most fossils therefore consist of the bones and shells of animals, or the leaves, seeds, and woody parts of plants. Even the original hard parts may not be preserved intact, because biological processes like scavenging, and geological processes like waves and storms, tend to disarticulate, break and scatter all the various parts of the original organism. This is one reason why it is more common to find separate vertebrate bones than an entire skeleton, and individual crinoid plates are far more frequent than entire crinoids. Another reason is that animals or plants may shed parts of themselves in the normal course of their life. For instance, leaves fall from trees, seeds float or a blown away from the parent plant, and many arthropods, like trilobites, molt their hard carapaces as they grow. Trace fossils are the footprints, burrows, impressions, and borings into rock left by organisms. Fossils are found in the majority of sedimentary rock types. They are paricularly common in limestone, marls, clays, siltstones, mudstones, and shales, and they are less common in sandstones, conglomerates, and graywackes. Fossils can also be preserved in sedimentary ironstones and in volcanic ash. The majority of fossils are aquatic animals or plants (i.e. they live in seas, rivers, lakes, or estuaries), because conditions for preservation are usually better in aquatic environments than on land. Even terrestrial animals and plants are more likely to be preserved in aquatic sediments, either through drowning (in a flood, for example), or because they fell into water, or swept into it by floods and other sudden events. In this way, fossil land mammals are often found in the same deposits as the remains of fish, crocodiles, or turles. Occasionally, entire organisms are preserved in frozen soil (such as mammoths), peat bogs, and asphalt lakes, or trapped in hardened resin (such as insects in amber).

Fossil Formation

Fossils represent only a tiny fraction of the total number of animals and plants that have existed, because there are several conditions that must be fulfilled before fossilization is possible. The chances that an organism will be fossilized are greatly increased if it has hard parts, such as shell, bones, or a test. The ability of an organism to survive destructive surroundings often depends on the size of the animal or plant, and the strength or percentage of hard parts. For this reason, a large mollusk is more likely to survive than a tiny, more fragile shell. Even so the future of an organism can depend on the speed with which it becomes buried in the sedimentary soil. Given the right conditions, a soft-bodied jellyfish may be preserved quickly enough to leave an imprint in the soil, despite the fleshy nature of its body. These types of soft body fossils are extremely rare. Once a fossil has been formed, conditions within the rock itself can continue to threaten the fossil's preservation. In the course of millions of years the fossil may have been encased in rock, gigantic changes will have taken place in the Earth's crust. Changes in the form and structure of the rock itself may have forced the shape of the fossil to change, or may have crushed it beyond recognition.

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Introduction

Excerpted from the Introduction

What is a Fossil?

Fossils are the remains of animals and plants more than 10,000 years old.Fossils usually represent the harder parts of organisms, since these are the most resistant to decay and erosion. Most fossils therefore consist of the bones and shells of animals, or the leaves, seeds, and woody parts of plants.Even the original hard parts may not be preserved intact, because biological processes like scavenging, and geological processes like waves and storms, tend to disarticulate, break and scatter all the various parts of the original organism. This is one reason why it is more common to find separate vertebrate bones than an entire skeleton, and individual crinoid plates are far more frequent than entire crinoids. Another reason is that animals or plants may shed parts of themselves in the normal course of their life. For instance, leaves fall from trees, seeds float or a blown away from the parent plant, and many arthropods, like trilobites, molt their hard carapaces as they grow. Trace fossils are the footprints, burrows, impressions, and borings into rock left by organisms.Fossils are found in the majority of sedimentary rock types. They are paricularly common in limestone, marls, clays, siltstones, mudstones, and shales, and they are less common in sandstones, conglomerates, and graywackes. Fossils can also be preserved in sedimentary ironstones and in volcanic ash.The majority of fossils are aquatic animals or plants (i.e. they live in seas, rivers, lakes, or estuaries), because conditions for preservation are usually better in aquatic environments than on land. Even terrestrial animals and plants are more likely tobe preserved in aquatic sediments, either through drowning (in a flood, for example), or because they fell into water, or swept into it by floods and other sudden events. In this way, fossil land mammals are often found in the same deposits as the remains of fish, crocodiles, or turles.Occasionally, entire organisms are preserved in frozen soil (such as mammoths), peat bogs, and asphalt lakes, or trapped in hardened resin (such as insects in amber).

Fossil Formation

Fossils represent only a tiny fraction of the total number of animals and plants that have existed, because there are several conditions that must be fulfilled before fossilization is possible. The chances that an organism will be fossilized are greatly increased if it has hard parts, such as shell, bones, or a test.The ability of an organism to survive destructive surroundings often depends on the size of the animal or plant, and the strength or percentage of hard parts. For this reason, a large mollusk is more likely to survive than a tiny, more fragile shell. Even so the future of an organism can depend on the speed with which it becomes buried in the sedimentary soil. Given the right conditions, a soft-bodied jellyfish may be preserved quickly enough to leave an imprint in the soil, despite the fleshy nature of its body. These types of soft body fossils are extremely rare.Once a fossil has been formed, conditions within the rock itself can continue to threaten the fossil's preservation. In the course of millions of years the fossil may have been encased in rock, gigantic changes will have taken place in the Earth's crust. Changes in the form and structure of the rock itself may have forced the shape of the fossil to change, or may have crushed it beyond recognition.

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