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Author: Richard Fortey Format: Hardback Extent: 256pp Size: 253x192mm Illustrations: Colour throughout Publisher: British Natural History Museum Published: April 2009 Extensively illustrated in full colour throughout, with many new photographs from the collections at the Natural History Museum, Fossils: The Key to the Past will appeal to all those with an interest in the very history of life.
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978 0 565 09233 7 
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Unravel and interpret our rich fossil records with Fossil Invertebrates, a marvellously detailed and accessible resource. Fossil Invertebrates is a window into the ancient Earth when the seas teemed with ammonites, corals, sponges, molluscs, crinoids and trilobites. The sheer abundance of their fossils reflects the fact that many invertebrates, with solid, decay-resistant shells, were perfectly designed to become fossils. Many of these fossilised creatures have close relatives alive today, and the book demonstrates how the fossil record can shed light on today's fauna. When searching at almost any fossil site, a collector is more likely to come across an invertebrate fossil than any other kind. This book, the only one of its kind on the subject of invertebrate fossils, is suitable for both academic and general readership, and covers all major groups of fossil invertebrates, providing illustrated descriptions of selected genera.
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978 0 565 09183 5 
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€30.00 
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Travel back millions of years in time to join wildlife safaris and visit, as though a time-traveller, ancient environments teeming with life. As the fossils come alive experience and understand the fauna, flora and landscapes to be seen at ten localities in the geological past of Scotland. You will catch fish in a Devonian lake 380 million years ago in Caithness; escape a great tsunami at Helmsdale following a Jurassic earthquake and then explore the Carboniferous forests, rivers and volcanoes of Edinburgh. On the Isle of Skye you wander a Jurassic shoreline and see a dinosaur dine. You will observe the nuptial dance of ammonites from a submersible. Pick your way around ancient hot-spring pools and geysers in Aberdeenshire and admire some of the first plants and animals to inhabit the land. The ten areas visited in this book represent some of the most famous fossiliferous locations in Scotland. These imaginative stories are accompanied by pictures of fossils and of the places as they are seen today with the author’s careful reconstructive drawings of these ancient environments. The safaris are presented as stories but they are firmly based on published scientific evidence relating to the fossils and rocks of Scotland. The author’s intention is that this book will not only inform the reader about the ancient environments of Scotland, but also entertain and encourage further speculation. The book will appeal to all students, academics and amateurs interested in fossils, ecology, and the ancient environments that have prevailed at different times in the past on our planet. Nigel Trewin is a Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen. His research has focussed on ancient environments and ecosystems, particularly the Devonian Old Red Sandstone of Scotland, including the prolific fossil fish beds, and the early terrestrial biota of the Rhynie chert. He edited the comprehensive work The Geology of Scotland (4th Edition, London, 2002). At Aberdeen University he has taught geology and lead field excursions for students, industry and non-specialists for nearly forty years.
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9781903765883 
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Scotland boasts some of the most famous fossil localities in the world, and for a small country, has a remarkable fossil record with almost every period of geological time represented by Scottish localities. These localities provide snapshots of the plants and animals that have inhabited Scotland through deep time. They range from the superb fossil fish of Caithness and Angus that inspired early palaeontologists such as Hugh Miller, almost two centuries ago during the birth of the science, to modern discoveries such as dinosaurs of the Isle of Skye, and ancient amphibians and scorpions from central Scotland. Nigel Trewin provides a virtual museum of more than 100 of the most scientifically important, interesting, and, at times, controversial fossils for which Scotland is well known. Many of the specimens involve interesting stories about their famous finders and their theories on geological time. Specimens have also been chosen to present a wide range of fossil plants and animals. The examples included in this book are chosen both from public museums and from private collections, brought together in a celebration of Scottish fossils. Many of the specimens illustrated are exceptionally rare, even unique, and are normally hidden from public view. Other examples include more common fossils that any collector may hold a reasonable expectation of finding. Fossil fish may be picked up at Achanarras Quarry in Caithness, ammonites and belemnites are found on Skye and at Helmsdale, while brachiopods and crinoids are common on Bishop Hill in Kinross. This book will appeal to all with an interest in fossils and the history of life on Earth.
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9781780460192 
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€37.00 
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