Fossil Ecosystems of North America: A Guide to the Sites and their Extraordinary Biotas

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CRC Press, Mar 20, 2008 - Science - 288 pages
Most major recent advances in understanding the history of life on Earth have been through the study of exceptionally well preserved biotas (Fossil-Lagersten). These are windows on the history of life on Earth and can provide a fairly complete picture of the evolution of ecosystems through time. This book follows the success of Evolution of Fossil
 

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This is an excellent book, well illustrated, covering a selection of fossil sites in North America, representing major chronological periods from the pre-Cambrian to the later Ice-Age. To get the most ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful book. The authors have actually visited many of the localities they describe and interviewed those closely associated with current studies of the places. They have not only described the fossils well, but put them into context; how they are preserved, why we find them where we do, the paleoenvironment and even show fossils that are currently not understood - suggesting much further research is needed. Photographs prolifically illustrate the wonders of the places shown. 

Contents

Preface
6
Abbreviations
7
Introduction
8
Chapter 1 The Gunflint Chert
12
Chapter 2 Mistaken Point
26
Chapter 3 The Burgess Shale
41
Chapter 4 Beechers Trilobite Bed
56
Chapter 5 The Bertie Waterlime
73
Chapter 8 The Chinle Group
138
Chapter 9 The Morrison Formation
151
Chapter 10 The Hell Creek Formation
168
Chapter 11 The Green River Formation
186
Chapter 12 Florissant
205
Chapter 13 Dominican Amber
233
Chapter 14 Rancho La Brea
259
Museums and Site Visits
274

Chapter 6 Gilboa
95
Chapter 7 Mazon Creek
117
Back Cover
281
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