An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils

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Grand Canyon Association, 2009 - Science - 64 pages
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The Grand Canyon is famous for its rock layers, multihued bands of limestones, shales, sandstones, granites, and schists that have made the canyon one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. But in many of those layers, the Grand Canyon contains a veritable sea of fossilized life, from ancient stromatolites in the Grand Canyon Supergroup layers to trilobites in the rimrock Kaibab Formation to ancient reptile trackways preserved in the Coconino Sandstone. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils introduces readers to the vast evidence of ancient life in the canyon and to paleontology, the study of fossilized life. Written in an easy-to-read style and heavily illustrated with diagrams and photographs, the book offers readers access to worlds of ocean shallows, windswept sand dunes, and swampy forests that once covered the Grand Canyon region and have left evidence of their presence in fossils. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils is the only book of its kind focusing on the fossils of the national park, and it will be a delight to readers young and old fascinated by evidence of life hardened in stone.
 

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Since I believe in Flood Geology and creationism----almost all vast time reference appears to myself as senseless and shoddy concepts. Come on people--Grand Canyon is one of the Lords great Earthly formations--let us at least get it right!!!

Contents

A DISCOVERY
6
INTRODUCTION TO FOSSILS AND PALEONTOLOGY
8
PRECAMBRIAN TIME IN THE GRAND CANYON
18
THE CAMBRIAN AND DEVONIAN PERIODS
24
THE LATE PALEOZOIC ERA
34
THE SEAS RETURN
44
THE MESOZOIC AND CENOZOIC ERAS
52
THE CONDOR RETURNS
58
GLOSSARY
60
SUGGESTED READING
62
INDEX
63
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
64
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About the author (2009)

Dave Thayer is the author of A Guide to Grand Canyon Geology along the Bright Angel Trail, Field Guide to Geology along the Bright Angel Trail, and Checklist of the Wildlife of the Grand Canyon. He lives with his wife, Dora, in Williams, Arizona.

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