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Discovering Fossils

Discovering Fossils: How to Find and Identify Remains of the Prehistoric Past

by Frank A. Garcia and Donald S. Miller

With illustrations by Jasper Burns

Only $19.95
An introductory-level book about fossils. Discusses how to find, prepare, and care for specimens, with a section on buying and selling fossils. Many detailed sketches and drawings to aid identification, with a special focus on vertebrate fossils. Paperback, 6" x 9" with 212 pages.

Discovering Fossils
Table of Contents

  Acknowledgments
vii
  About the Authors
x
  Preface
xi
Part One: What You Should Know Before You Go
    Chapter 1: Geologic Time
3
    Chapter 2: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Fossils
14
    Chapter 3: Scientific Classification and Other Jargon
22
    Chapter 4: Finding Fossils
31
    Chapter 5: Diving and Snorkeling for Fossils
40
    Chapter 6: Basic Fossil Techniques
47
    Chapter 7: Safety
55
    Chapter 8: Laws, Ethics, and Etiquette
64
    Chapter 9: Buying and Selling Fossils
71
    Chapter 10: Great Amateurs and Great Finds
80
Part Two: Fossil Identification
    Chapter 11: Vertebrate Fossils
        Section 1A: Jaws and Teeth
95
        Section 1B: Vertebrae
129
        Section 1C: Bones
137
        Section 1D: Shells, Scutes, and Scales
156
        Section 1E: Oddities
160
    Chapter 12: Evidence of Activity
164
    Chapter 13: Plant Fossils
169
    Chapter 14: Invertebrate Fossils
173
Appendices
  Appendix A: Fossil Exhibits
193
  Appendix B: Major Fossil Shows
195
  Appendix C: Major Fossil Clubs
197
  Appendix D: Collecting Sites
200
  Appendix E: Dinosaur Digs
207
  Appendix F: Suggested Reading
208
  Index
211