1700 pages, 2 volume set, illus
Designed to address the shortage of general reference works on both vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology. The majority of this reference provides examinations of the evolutionary development of particular organisms and biological features, profiles major discoveries, and provides biographies of leading scientists.
Unique in its range, this massive work is not a catalog of fossil species, but the comprehensive overview of a field of scholarly research. The range of information presented supports editor Singer's claim that ?a practicing paleontologist requires a broader knowledge base and greater diversity of skills than perhaps any other profession.' Coverage is thorough and complete. Despite the scholarly orientation, the writing is not overly technical, making this a highly recommended source for academic and public libraries. Library Journal 'The articles are extremely well written, with line drawings, photographs, charts and other illustrative matter, plus a list of works cited and a further reading list ... This is an excellent work, recommended for all libraries ... It is pleasing to the eye, well bound, authoritative, and highly readable ... a standard reference source for many years without going out of date.' Reference Books Bulletin 'certainly the largest encyclopaedia ever published on palaeontology ... contains some excellent nuggets ... a useful addition to university and museum libraries.' Nature
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