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Fossils at a Glance

By: Clare Milsom and Sue Rigby

159 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Oct 2009 | Edition: 2 | #180829 | ISBN-13: 9781405193368
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Fossils provide a powerful tool for the study of the nearly four-billion-year history of life, and its role in the evolution of Earth systems. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies, and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity. This book is written for students taking an introductory level course in paleontology. Short chapters introduce the main topics in the modern study of fossils.

The most important fossil groups are discussed, from microfossils through invertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a brief narrative of life on Earth. Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to see most of the important data 'at a glance'. Each topic covers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of information or a starting point for future study. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date. It includes new line diagrams as well as photographs of selected fossils.

Generally, the book by Milsom & Rigby is a must for all beginners (especially undergraduate students) and educators in geosciences (not only palaeontology, but also general and historical geology). Additionally, the reviewer tends to recommend this book strongly for fossil amateurs and field geologists. (Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, 1 January 2011)


Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. Fossil classification and evolution. 3. Sponges. 4. Corals. 5. Bryozoans. 6. Brachiopods. 7. Echinoderms. 8. Trilobites. 9. Mollusks. 10. Graptolites. 11. Vertebrates. 12. Land plants. 13. Microfossils. 14. Trace fossils. 15. Precambrian life. 16. Phanerozoic life. Reading list. Geological timescale. Index.

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Clare Milsom is Head of Learning and Teaching Development at Liverpool John Moores University, UK She has a PhD from Liverpool University and her main research interests are in exceptionally preserved crinoids, functional morphology, and evolution. Sue Rigby is Assistant Principal for Taught Postgraduate Degrees at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has a PhD from Cambridge and concentrates her research on the evolution of plankton and the functional morphology of graptolites. Both authors enjoy teaching and have substantial experience in presenting paleontology to earth science and biology students.

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