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Fossil Crinoids

Spectacular photos and illustrations: will appeal to amateur collectors as well as researchers
The only authoritative and comprehensive volume on crinoids
Very well respected authors

By: Hans Hess (Author), William I Ausich (Author), Carlton E Brett (Author), Michael J Simms (Author)

275 pages, colour & b/w photos, illustrations, maps, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2003 | #128067 | ISBN: 0521524407
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Hardback | Feb 2000 | #90753 | ISBN: 0521450241
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About this book

Crinoids have graced the oceans for more than 500 million years. Among the most attractive fossils, crinoids had a key role in the ecology of marine communities through much of the fossil record, and their remains are prominent rock forming constituents of many limestones. This is the first comprehensive volume which brings together their form and function, classification, evolutionary history, occurrence, preservation and ecology. The main part of Fossil Crinoids is devoted to assemblages of intact fossil crinoids, which are described in their geological setting in 23 chapters ranging from the Ordovician to the Tertiary. The final chapter deals with living sea lilies and feather stars. Fossil Crinoids is exquisitely illustrated with abundant photographs and line drawings of crinoids from sites around the world. This authoritative account recreates a fascinating picture of fossil crinoids for palaeontologists, geologists, evolutionary and marine biologists, ecologists and amateur fossil collectors.

"[...] a veritable feast that will satisfy starving crinoid lovers the world over. The book is stunning in appearance and authoritative in its treatment. Fossil Crinoids is certain to be popular and useful to a wide variety of readers. There is no comparable work on crinoids that so concisely introduces crinoid paleontology and the rich fossil record of the group [...] an excellent sourcebook for both professional paleontologists conducting research, as well as for collectors."
- American Paleontologist

"What an attractive book! [...] fossils are a pleasure to look at and when they are as well photographed or drawn as these are they are irresistible."
- Geology Today

"[...] a handsome and well written volume, which should serve as a thorough introduction to those unfamiliar with these fascinating animals and as a satisfying, up-to-date synthesis for those wishing to renew their acquaintance."
- Trends in Ecology and Evolution

"Six years in the making, Fossil Crinoids is a masterful work. I congratulate the authors on writing a book that is a pleasure to read and a valuable source of information for both professionals and amateur collectors."
- Ronald D. Lewis, Society for Sedimentary Geology

"This book has an excellent introduction to crinoid morphology and occurrence."
- R. E. Widdison, Geoscientist

"[...] a gem of a book that is beautifully illustrated. It succeeds in bringing the fascination of this ancient group of organisms alive for the reader – professional, student and amateur."
- Stephen K. Donovan, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"A whole book devoted to Crinoids? the things called 'sea-lilies' by normal people? An obscure fossil group looking more like plants than animals, long since extinct, and of interest only to specialist palaeontologists? Wrong on all counts, as this splendid book shows! [...] this well illustrated, authoritative book [...] is good value for money."
- David Williams, OUGS Journal

"[...] a very informative, beautifully illustrated, if rather specialized book, which is good value for money."
- C.R.C. Paul, Geological Magazine



1. Crinoid form and function
2. Systematics, phylogeny and evolutionary history
3. Fossil occurrence
4. Taphonomy
5. Ecology and ecological interactions
6. Middle Ordovician Trenton Group of New York, USA
7. Middle Ordovician of the Lake Simcoe area of Ontario, Canada
8. Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnati, Ohio area, USA
9. Silurian of Gotland, Sweden
10. Middle Silurian Rochester Shale of western New York, USA, and southern Ontario, Canada
11. Scyphocrinitids from the Silurian-Devonian boundary of Morocco
12. Lower Devonian Manlius/Coeymans Formation of central New York, USA
13. Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slates of Germany
14. Middle Devonian Windom Shale of Vincent, New York, USA
15. Middle Devonian Arkona Shale of Ontario and Silica Shale of Ohio, USA
16. Lower Mississippian Hampton Formation at LeGrand, Iowa, USA
17. Lower Mississippian Burlington Limestone along the Mississippi Valley in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, USA
18. Lower Mississippian Edwardsville Formation at Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA
19. Upper Pennsylvania LaSalle Member, Bond Formation of central Illinois, USA
20. Permian
21. Triassic Muschelkalk of central Europe
22. Pentacrinites from the Lower Jurassic of the Dorset coast of southern England
23. Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shales of southern Germany
24. Middle Jurassic of southern England
25. Middle Jurassic of northern Switzerland
26. Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Plattenkalk of Bavaria, Germany
27. Uintacrinus beds of the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara formation, Kansas, USA
28. Tertiary
29. Recent


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