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The National Audubon Society field guide to North American fossils
Thompson, Ida.
Personal Author:
A Chanticleer Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [1995]

Physical Description:
846 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QE718 .T5 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The most comprehensive field guide available to North American fossils--a must-have for any enthusiast's day pack or home library--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers.

Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 500 stunning identification photographs organized by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Fossils is the perfect companion for any fossil hunting expedition. This easy-to-use handbook is an essential reference for identifying corals, trilobites, shells, teeth, bones, as well as fossil-bearing rocks and outcrop formations. The descriptive text includes information on size, geological period, geographical distribution, and ecology of the animal or plant before it was fossilized. In addition, the book provides lists of Geological Survey offices and major fossil collections, a geological time chart, and a guide to collecting and preserving fossils.

Author Notes

The author, Ida Thompson, is a former Associate Research Professor at the Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies, Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Life and Geologic Timep. 23
Geologic Time Chartp. 24
Fossil-bearing Rocksp. 87
Part I Color Plates
How to Use This Guidep. 99
Key to the Maps Mapsp. 103
Color Platesp. 137
Fossiliferous Rocks and Outcroppingsp. 1
Key to the Color Platesp. 149
Thumb Tab Guidep. 150
Scallop-shaped Fossilsp. 34
Clam-shaped Fossilsp. 103
Snail-shaped Fossilsp. 166
Gastropodsp. 217
Arthropodsp. 268
Cystoids, Blastoids, and Crinoidsp. 316
Cone-shaped Fossilsp. 337
Disc-shaped Fossilsp. 358
Sponges, Corals, and Bryozoansp. 376
Trace Fossils and Graptolitesp. 457
Vertebratesp. 472
Plantsp. 487
Part II Text
Spongesp. 339
Cnidariansp. 353
Mollusksp. 389
Annelidsp. 537
Small Tubes of Uncertain Affinitiesp. 541
Arthropodsp. 547
Bryozoansp. 597
Brachiopodsp. 625
Echinodermsp. 687
Hemichordatesp. 723
Trace Fossilsp. 731
Plantsp. 738
Insectsp. 751
Vertebratesp. 755
Part III Appendices
Phylum Illustrationsp. 771
How to Collect and Preserve Fossilsp. 779
Glossaryp. 789
List of Major Fossil Displaysp. 805
List of Geological Surveysp. 813
List of Specimen Localitiesp. 817
Picture Creditsp. 828
Indexp. 829