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Fossils at a glance
Milsom, Clare.
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Science, [2004]

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x, 155 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
Introduction -- Fossil classification and evolution -- Sponges -- Corals -- Bryozoans -- Brachiopods -- Echinoderms -- Trilobites -- Molluscs -- Graptolites -- Vertebrates -- Land plants -- Microfossils -- Trace fossils -- Precambrian life -- Phanerozoic life.
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QE711.3 .M55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Life on Earth has been evolving and interacting with the surface and atmosphere for almost four billion years. Fossils provide a powerful tool in the study of the Earth and its history. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity.

Introduces the study of fossils in a simple and straightforward manner.
Short chapters introduce the main topics in the current study of fossils.
The most important fossil groups are discussed, from microfossils through
invertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a brief narrative of life on earth.
Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to see most of the important data 'at a glance'.
Each topic covers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of information or a starting point for future study.

Author Notes

Sue Rigby is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Fossil classification and evolutionp. 11
Chapter 3 Spongesp. 17
Chapter 4 Coralsp. 21
Chapter 5 Bryozoansp. 31
Chapter 6 Brachiopodsp. 35
Chapter 7 Echinodermsp. 43
Chapter 8 Trilobitesp. 53
Chapter 9 Molluscsp. 61
Chapter 10 Graptolitesp. 79
Chapter 11 Vertebratesp. 87
Chapter 12 Land plantsp. 101
Chapter 13 Microfossilsp. 113
Chapter 14 Trace fossilsp. 127
Chapter 15 Precambrian lifep. 131
Chapter 16 Phanerozoic lifep. 137
Reading listp. 147
Geological timescalep. 148
Indexp. 149