Fossils at a Glance / Edition 2

Fossils at a Glance / Edition 2

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by Clare Milsom, Sue Rigby
     
 

Fossils provide a powerful tool for the study of the nearly 4-billion-year history of life, and its role in the evolution of Earth systems. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies, and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity.

Fossils At A Glance is written for students taking

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Fossils provide a powerful tool for the study of the nearly 4-billion-year history of life, and its role in the evolution of Earth systems. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies, and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity.

Fossils At A Glance is written for students taking an introductory level course in paleontology. Short chapters introduce the main topics in the modern study of fossils. The most important fossil groups are discussed, from microfossils through invertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a brief narrative of life on Earth. 

Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to see most of the important data “at a glance”. Each topic covers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of information or a starting point for future study.

This second edition has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date. It includes new line diagrams as well as  photographs of selected fossils 

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405193368
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
448,248
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Fossil classification and evolution11
Ch. 3Sponges17
Ch. 4Corals21
Ch. 5Bryozoans31
Ch. 6Brachiopods35
Ch. 7Echinoderms43
Ch. 8Trilobites53
Ch. 9Molluscs61
Ch. 10Graptolites79
Ch. 11Vertebrates87
Ch. 12Land plants101
Ch. 13Microfossils113
Ch. 14Trace fossils127
Ch. 15Precambrian life131
Ch. 16Phanerozoic life137
Reading list147
Geological timescale148
Index149

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