Fossils: The Key to the Past

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Science - 187 pages
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This introduction offers an explanation of how fossils are a product of our evolving habitat. The emphasis is on what paleontology is really about, how the paleontologist tries to find out the ways in which fossil animals lived and how geological processes have interacted with the history of life.
 

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Fossils: The Key to the Past

User Review  - Judith B. Barnett - Book Verdict

This comprehensive introduction to paleontology includes recent discoveries about human evolution and the development of micropaleontology. Fortey (Natural History Museum, London; Earth) clarifies the ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
7
TIME AND CHANGE
25
THREE ROCKS AND FOSSILS
38
FOUR HOW TO RECOGNIZE FOSSILS
52
SEVEN ORIGIN OF LIFE AND ITS EARLY HISTORY
140
EIGHT FOSSILS IN THE SERVICE OF MAN
155
NINE DISCOVERY OF A NEW DINOSAUR THE STORY OF CLAWS
167
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About the author (1991)

Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London.

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