Fossils (DK Smithsonian Handbook) (Paperback)
The clearest and sharpest recognition guide to over 500 invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils from around the world.
This comprehensive pocket guide is the perfect introduction to finding, identifying, and collecting fossils. It features more than 500 species of plant and animal fossils, from trilobites and megafauna to dinosaurs and ancient trees. This handbook cuts through the complicated identification process with expertly written and thoroughly vetted text that features precise description, enabling you to recognize a species instantly. Over 1,000 photographs, with illuminating annotations, help you pick out a fossil's chief characteristics and distinguishing features, while a color illustration shows the fossil as a living plant or animal.
The detailed introduction explains what a fossil is and how they are classified. Start building your own collection with advice on where to look for fossils, what tools and safety equipment are needed for collecting, and how best to organize a fossil collection. To help you in the initial stages of identification, this book provides a visual identification key that makes it easy to recognize a fossil and place it in its correct group. Finally, a concise glossary gives instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.
About the Author
Cyril Walker was a paleontologist and curator of fossil reptiles, amphibians, and birds at London’s Natural History Museum.
David Ward has contributed to many journals and books, and has amassed one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of fossil shark and ray remains.