The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth
by Edited by Dorling Kindersley
Soft cover, 8.5" x 10", 512 pages, copyright 2009
Fascinating and authoritative, Prehistoric Life is an unprecedented survey of millions of years of life on planet Earth. Featuring an incredible mix of 3-D reconstructions, extraordinary skeletons, and amazingly intricate fossils, it uses the latest scientific research to recreate hundreds of ancient species, from the earliest primitive life forms to the great dinosaurs, early mammals, and even the first humans. Visitors to a natural history museum could not explore the number of examples contained and masterfully illustrated in this definitive work.
The contents of Prehistoric Life are organized into three major sections:
• Young Earth: Exploring Earth's Past, The Origin of the Earth, The First 500 Million Years, Plate Tectonics, Changing Climates, Life and Evolution, Classification, Mass Extinctions, Types of Fossils, Information in the Fossil Record, Key Fossil Sites, The Geological Timescale
• Life on Earth: Archean, Proterozoic, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Neogene, Quaternary
• Humans: Human Relatives, Human Ancestors, Origins of Modern Humans, Out of Africa, European Hunter Gatherers, Paleolithic Cave Art, After the Ice
Prehistoric Life will be a highly valued addition to the library of every reader with an interest in fossils, paleontology and an appreciation for the natural history of life on Earth.
A Paleontological History of Our Continent
by Lynned M. Clos
Hard cover, 8.25" x 10.5", 284 pages, copyright 2008
What part has North America played in the history of life? How did our continent come to be, and how has it changed over time? What was it like during past ages? What were the climate and geography like, and what plants and animals lived here? And where are there public preserves where you can view the fossils in place?
North America Through Time is an exciting journey through the history of life and the part our favorite continent has played in it all. Not a dry textbook, it is written for the general reader with a strong interest in science but no professional background. Abundantly illustrated, it will grasp your attention and entertain your imagination until the very last page, winding up with a discussion of what lessons we can learn from North America's past that apply to our future.
• Eighteen chapters, beginning with the Precambrian, and covering each Period of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras, and each Epoch of the Cenozoic.
Chapters include: The First Four Billion Years - Precambrian Time; The Paleozoic Era: The Cambrian, The Ordovician, The Silurian, The Devonian, The Mississippian, The Pennsylvanian, The Permian; The Mesozoic Era: The Triassic, The Jurassic, The Cretaceous; The Cenozoic Era - The Tertiary Period: The Paleocene, The Eocene, The Oligocene, The Miocene, The Pliocene; The Quaternary Period: The Pleistocene, The Holocene. Appendices include a Glossary, How the scenes were done, Sources, and an Index.
North America Through Time is sure to be appreciated by anyone interested in paleontology, fossils, natural history and the story of how life on Earth has arisen, evolved and extincted across the eras, periods and epochs of deep time.
The Natural Time Capsule
by Andrew Ross
Hard cover, 8" x 10.25", 112 pages, copyright 2010
Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. Anything that became trapped in this sticky resin was fossilized and perfectly preserved. The insects and other inclusions found in amber today are providing scientists with unique insights into the history of life on Earth. In Amber, Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions.
The book explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes. It describes amber's many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from insect inclusions. Detailed keys and stunning photographs, including items from the collection of the Natural History Museum in London which are not on view to the general public, guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other amber inclusions. Amber is essential reading for all those with an interest in this natural time capsule.
Contents include 1 What Is Amber?; 2 Where Is Amber Found?; 3 Amber Inclusions; 4 Arthropods, Key to arthropods, INSECTS, The insect fossil record, Insects, Key to insects without wings, Incomplete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects I, BUGS, Key to bugs, Complete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects II, TRUE FLIES, Key to true flies, WASPS, BEES, ANTS and SAWFLIES, Key to wasps, bees, ants and sawflies, BEETLES, Key to selected beetles; Glossary, Index, Further information.
by Richard Casanova and Ronald Ratkevich
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8", 240 pages, copyright 1981
An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting introduces the reader in simple, non-technical language to the romance of fossil collecting from the earliest records to the present. A precise list of various kinds of fossil preservation is given. Then the classification of fossils is described, starting with animal invertebrates and then the division of plants. A condensed history of life on Earth puts the various fossils in their respective time frames.
The beginning collector will learn how to prepare for fossil hunting trips, where to get information, and what kinds of equipment to take along. Actual collecting techniques are described which include specimens easily picked up as fossil shells weathered from their matrix to advanced processes such as making plaster jackets for crumbling fossil bone.
Attention is given to the importance of cataloging a collection with helpful tips regarding the preparation and display of fossil specimens. A useful list of museums with fossil exhibits is included, also fossil exhibits at sate and national parks, geological survey addresses, a list of paleontological societies, and a glossary.
Cheaters include: The Romance of Fossil Collecting, Fossils - What Are They?, Classification of Fossil Forms, A Short History of Life on Earth, How to Collect Fossils, Cataloging, Preparing, and Displaying Your Fossils, Fossil Collecting Localities in North America, Museums with Major Fossil Exhibits, Geological Surveys and Their Publications, Paleontological Libraries and Societies.
Appendices provide a Glossary, References and Further Reading, a General Index and an Index by Scientific Names of Genera ands Species.
by Ida Thompson
Soft cover, 4.00" x 7.5", 846 pages, copyright 1982
This first all-photographic field guide to fossils features 474 full-color identification pictures of fossilized sponges, corals, trilobites, shells, teeth and bones. Also included are 33 photographs of fossil-bearing rocks and outcrop formations, plus 15 maps.
This field guide is the first to be organized with a visual key. Photographs and maps are arranged with a unique thumb-tab reference system to make identification quick and simple.
• 507 full-color photographs, plus 15 maps
by Cyril Walker and David Ward
Soft cover, 5.75" x 8.5", 320 pages, copyright 2002
Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Fossils the most comprehensive and concise guide to fossils of the world. Packed with more than 1000 full-color photographs of over 500 fossils, this handbook's photo-encyclopedic approach is designed to cut through the complex process of identification to provide instant species recognition.
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 animal or plant, and color-coded bands, providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference, complete every entry. Also included is a comprehensive glossary.
Identification made easy: Packed with detailed information on recognition, classification, and more, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Fossils is the clearest identification guide to fossils for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.
Common Trilobites of North America
by Jasper Burns
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 91 pages, copyright 2012
Trilobites - Common Trilobites of North America provides an introduction to the trilobites - which are among the most interesting and scientifically important of all prehistoric animals, and discusses why trilobites possess an almost unrivalled ability to fascinate with their symmetrical forms, elegant simplicity, and sometimes baroque ornamentation, combined with the pleasing rhythms of their segmentation to captivate and delight the eye.
Learn about the classification of trilobites in the animal kingdom, their habitats, lifestyles, how they locomoted and fed, their place in paleontological history and their extinction, and why trilobites are probably the most highly prized of invertebrate fossils and eagerly sought by fossil collectors throughout the world.
Trilobites - Common Trilobites of North America serves as an identification guide to 41 different species of trilobites including the localities and the Lower Cambrian to Pennsylvanian rock units and formations in which they are found.
Chapters include: TheTrilobites
by John Farndon and Steve Parker
Soft cover, 6.75" x 8.5", 512 pages, copyright 2012
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World provides a comprehensive reference guide to over 700 minerals, rocks and plant and animal fossils from around the globe and how to identify them, with over 2000 color photographs and illustrations.
Rocks, minerals and fossils have a timeless fascination. Endlessly interesting and beautiful to look at, they also offer up all kinds of information about the origins and evolution of our planet. Rocks and minerals reveal the great earth shifts that have formed the globe's mighty mountains and vast oceans. Fossils - plant and animal remains preserved in rock - give clues to the development of the diverse life forms that have flourished on Earth over millions of years, from simple mosses and giant dinosaurs to human beings.
This informative, highly illustrated book is a complete reference source for anyone interested in the earth sciences. Each section of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World begins with an introduction explaining how the phenomena have formed and their major defining characteristics, the habits in which they are typically found and where the best examples are located around the world.
How-to techniques for the amateur geologist and paleontologist show how to extract samples safely, and how to identify, date and classify them. There are step-by-step instructions on simple home testing methods to gauge rock and mineral hue, hardness, cleavage, luster, tenacity and transparency. Also included is practical guidance on the best ways to clean, preserve and then display the specimens to build a superb collection of your own.
This guide's major feature is its two extensive visual directories - one on rocks and minerals and one on fossils - containing over 700 in-depth specimen profiles. Each profile features a superb photograph for easy identification. Handy information boxes give facts and figures such as type and location, and detailed diagrams and reconstructions show the structure-type of rocks, and how each fossil originally looked.
With more than 1200 clear photographs and over 800 illustrations, this impressive work provides all the facts any reader needs to know about these hugely absorbing subjects.