Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils / Edition 1

Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils / Edition 1

by David Ward
     
 

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

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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:
08/01/2002
Series:
Smithsonian Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
127,901
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Authors' Introduction6
How This Book Works9
What is a Fossil?10
Modes of Preservation12
Geological Time Chart14
Where To Look16
Collecting Fossils18
Preparing Your Collection20
From Hobby to Science22
Fossil Identification Key24
Invertebrates32
Foraminifera32
Sponges33
Bryozoa36
Worms40
Trace Fossils42
Problematica43
Graptolites45
Corals50
Trilobites56
Crustacea66
Chelicerata73
Insects76
Brachiopods79
Bivalves94
Scaphopods & Chitons114
Gastropods115
Nautiloids134
Ammonoidea141
Ammonites145
Belemnites & Squids161
Crinoids166
Echinoids175
Asteroids186
Ophiuroidea189
Blastoids190
Cystoids191
Carpoids193
Vertebrates194
Agnathans194
Placoderms196
Chondrichthyans198
Acanthodians208
Osteichthyans209
Amphibians221
Anapsid Reptiles225
Diapsid Reptiles231
Dinosaurs245
Synapsid Reptiles255
Birds258
Mammals263
Plants286
Algae286
Early Land Plants289
Hepatophytes290
Sphenopsids290
Ferns292
Lycopods294
Pteridosperms295
Bennettites300
Progymnosperms300
Cordaitales301
Conifers301
Ginkgos307
Dicotyledonous Angiosperms307
Monocotyledonous Angiosperms311
Glossary312
Index317
Acknowledgments320

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