Fossil Crinoids

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Science - 300 pages
Crinoids have graced the oceans for more than 500 million years. Among the most attractive fossils, crinoids had a key role in the ecology of marine communities through much of the fossil record, and their remains are prominent rock forming constituents of many limestones. This is the first comprehensive volume to bring together their form and function, classification, evolutionary history, occurrence, preservation and ecology. The main part of the book is devoted to assemblages of intact fossil crinoids, which are described in their geological setting in twenty-three chapters ranging from the Ordovician to the Tertiary. The final chapter deals with living sea lilies and feather stars. The volume is exquisitely illustrated with abundant photographs and line drawings of crinoids from sites around the world. This authoritative account recreates a fascinating picture of fossil crinoids for paleontologists, geologists, evolutionary and marine biologists, ecologists and amateur fossil collectors.
 

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Contents

III
26
IV
36
VI
45
VII
50
IX
56
ASSEMBLAGES
58
X
70
XI
76
XXVIII
150
XXX
155
XXXI
159
XXXII
172
XXXIV
178
XXXV
192
XXXVII
198
XXXIX
211

XIII
82
XV
88
XVII
98
XIX
106
XX
117
XXI
124
XXII
130
XXIV
134
XXVI
140
XL
220
XLI
228
XLII
232
XLIII
240
Geological Time Table with Crinoid Assemblages
242
Glossary of Rocks
244
XLIV
258
XLV
266
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