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Title:
After the dinosaurs : a Texas tropical paradise recovered at Lake Casa Blanca
Author:
Westgate, James W.
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Publication Information:
Austin, Tex. : Texas Parks and Wildlife Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
69 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781885696328
Format :
Book

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Central Library QE737 .W47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

During the Eocene Epoch some 42 million years ago—about 20 million years after the demise of the dinosaurs—the area that today is the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park near Laredo was a tropical forest/coastal mangrove environment. Excavations at the site by Dr. James Westgate and his Lamar University students have uncovered fossils of 29 extinct mammal species and about as many species of crocodiles, turtles, sharks, rays, and giant water snakes. In this book, he reconstructs a clear picture of prehistoric life at Lake Casa Blanca, illustrated with drawings and paintings by Abby Salazar, a recent earth science graduate now pursuing a second degree in art.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Forty-two Million Years Ago
Dating and Ecologic Reconstruction
Excavation and Fossil Processing-Breakdown of Fossils Recovered-Mammals
Micro-mammals
Medium-sized mammals
Large mammals
Birds-Reptiles
Crocodilians
"Sea snakes"
Turtles
Sharks and Rays
Bony Fishes
Invertebrates
Plants
List of Fossil Species in the Casa Blanca Community
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