Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils / Edition 1

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Identify fossils with this handy reference guide.

Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley handbook of Fossils the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to fossils of the world. Packed with more than 1,000 full-color photographs of over 500 fossils, this handbook is designed to cut through the complex process of identification to enable you to recognize a species instantly.

Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each entry combines a precise description with annotated photography to highlight a fossil's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. A full-color illustration, showing the fossil as a living as a living animal or plant, as well as color-coded bands providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference, complete each entry. For beginners and established enthusiasts alike, the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Fossils explains what a fossil is, how fossils are classified, and how to start a collection. To help you in the initial stages of identification, the book provides a visual key that makes it easy to recognize a fossil and place it in its correct genus. Finally, a concise glossary gives instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.

Author Biography: Cyril Walker, an eminent paleontologist, was curator of fossil amphibians, reptiles, and birds at the Natural History Museum, London, for 30 years. In addition to organizing land leading many expeditions to collect material for scientific research he has also contributed to many books, including Garden Birds, Filed Guide to British Birds, Birds of the World, and Nature Notebooks.

David Ward worked as a veterinary surgeon for 14 years while pursuing an interest in fossils and participating in several research expeditions in Africa. In 1988, he retired from veterinary medicine to devote his time to paleontology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789489845
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 80,754
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Authors' Introduction 6
How This Book Works 9
What is a Fossil? 10
Modes of Preservation 12
Geological Time Chart 14
Where To Look 16
Collecting Fossils 18
Preparing Your Collection 20
From Hobby to Science 22
Fossil Identification Key 24
Invertebrates 32
Foraminifera 32
Sponges 33
Bryozoa 36
Worms 40
Trace Fossils 42
Problematica 43
Graptolites 45
Corals 50
Trilobites 56
Crustacea 66
Chelicerata 73
Insects 76
Brachiopods 79
Bivalves 94
Scaphopods & Chitons 114
Gastropods 115
Nautiloids 134
Ammonoidea 141
Ammonites 145
Belemnites & Squids 161
Crinoids 166
Echinoids 175
Asteroids 186
Ophiuroidea 189
Blastoids 190
Cystoids 191
Carpoids 193
Vertebrates 194
Agnathans 194
Placoderms 196
Chondrichthyans 198
Acanthodians 208
Osteichthyans 209
Amphibians 221
Anapsid Reptiles 225
Diapsid Reptiles 231
Dinosaurs 245
Synapsid Reptiles 255
Birds 258
Mammals 263
Plants 286
Algae 286
Early Land Plants 289
Hepatophytes 290
Sphenopsids 290
Ferns 292
Lycopods 294
Pteridosperms 295
Bennettites 300
Progymnosperms 300
Cordaitales 301
Conifers 301
Ginkgos 307
Dicotyledonous Angiosperms 307
Monocotyledonous Angiosperms 311
Glossary 312
Index 317
Acknowledgments 320
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