The cover of the paperback edition promises ``A step-by-step guide to finding, studying, and interpreting fossils--from searching for sites to extracting, cleaning, and restoring finds.'' All of this and more is described inside using simple, nontechnical language and lots of color illustrations and photos. The advice, aimed at absolute beginners, details such topics as how to keep a field notebook, how to label a collection, and how to learn more at museums and libraries. This is presented together with short explanations of geological concepts, some history of the field of paleontology, and encouragement that a dedicated amateur really can develop a valuable and interesting collection of fossils. This book would be especially good for young people who are interested in fossils or who need ideas for science fair projects. BOMC Dividend Selection and Newbridge Book Club alternate; see also Rick Imes's The Practical Botanist , reviewed above.-- Amy Brunvand, Ft. Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, Col.