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About this book
About this book
The first edition of this book was widely praised for its coverage and approach in describing and illustrating 14 well known fossil sites from around the world. The authors have now updated the text and added 6 new chapters with many new colour illustrations. Following a general introduction to fossil Lagerstatten, each chapter deals with a single fossil site and follows the same format: its evolutionary position and significance; its background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaoenvironment; a description of the biota and palaeoecology, and a comparison with other similar Lagerstatten. There is an appendix of further reading, relevant museums and suggestions for visiting the sites. This study of exceptionally well-preserved fossil sites from different periods in geological time provides a picture of the evolution of ecosystems down the ages. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout by over 380 colour photographs and diagrams. Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems is of value to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences, and to amateur enthusiasts.
Introduction 1. Ediacara 2. Burgess Shale 3. Chengjiang 4. Soom Shale 5. Herefordshire Nodules 6. Hunsruck Slate 7. Rhynie Chert 8. Mazon Creek 9. Karoo 10. Gres a Voltzia 11. Holzmaden Shale 12. Morrison Formation 13. Solnhofen Limestone 14. Jehol Group 15. El Montsec and Las Hoyas 16. Santana and Crato Formations 17. Grube Messel 18. White River Group 19. Baltic Amber 20. Rancho La Brea Appendix 1 - Further reading Appendix 2 - Museums and site visits Index
160 pages, 460 colour illustrations
This excellent book describes and illustrates 14 sites that range over about 560 million years....a Michelin-style guide to some of the world's best fossil sites. New Scientist "...well laid out, superbly illustrated, easy to use, very readable, and attractively priced.....This is a book that every palaeontological curator should have..." The Geological Curator "Well-written - engaging, easily read, with a very nice balance between general content and specific detail....this is an excellent book; it is much more than a pictoral guide to fossils, yet really does have that "wow-look at that" factor." Palaeontological Newsletter "Provides a well illustrated up to date account of most of the key lagerstatten, giving interested students and ethusiasts a very good entry to the vast literature on exceptional preservation." Geological Magazine "Highly recommended to professors and students as an innovative and effective way to approach palaeontology, as well as to any amateur enthusiasts wishing to take part on a very grand tour of fossil ecosystems in the history of our planet." Plant Systematics and Evolution