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Fossils - A Golden Nature Guide

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481 ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR

OSSILS

A GUIDE TO PREHISTORIC LIFE
by
FRANK H. T. RHODES

Professor of Geology, University College of Swansea, Wales

NANI

HERBERT S. ZIM
PAUL R. SHAFFER

ILLUSTRATED BY
RAYMOND PERLMAN
Professor of Art, University of Illinois

A GOLDEN NATURE GUIDE

GOLDEN PRESS�)NEW YORK

FOREWORD

This guide to life of the past difers from other Golden
Nature Guides. Instead of dealing with a single group of
plants or animals, it deals with them all. Instead of being
concerned only with the immediate present, its scope
covers over half a billion years. Instead of dealing with
life frst hand, this guide must rely on only scant clues
bits of shell, bone, or sundry fossil impressions. Such
clues are scarce, so each must be studied minutely. De
tails are important and they have been stressed in the
systematic survey of fossil forms. Most fossils have only
scientifc names and these often refer to groups rather
than to species.
We have many institutions and individuals to thank for
aid with this book. Dioramas and murals of the Chicago
Nat. Hist. Museum are the basis for many of our restora
tions. The University of Illinois, the Illinois Geological
Survey, the U.S. National Museum, the University College
of Swansea, the Ward's Natural History Establishment,
Inc. loaned us specimens. So did M. W. Sanderson, A. F.
Hagner, W. W. Hay and F. J. Koenig. Angela Heath and
Shirley Osborne have assisted the senior author, and many
more of our colleagues have given us photographs, speci-
mens, comments, and suggestions.

F.H.T.R.
H.S.Z.
P.R.S.

©Copyright 1962 by Western Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved,
including rights of reproduction and use in any form or by any means, in-
cluding the making of copies by any photo process, or by any electronic or
mechanical device, printed or written or oral, or recording for sound or
visual reproduction or for use in any knowledge retrieval system or device,
unless permission in writing is obtained from the copyright proprietor. Pro-
duced in the U.S.A. by Western Publishing Company, Inc. Published by
Golden Press, New York, N.Y. library of Congress Catalog Card Number:

62-21640

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CONTENTS

LIFE, PAST AND PRESENT.. 4

The earth, its life and how living
things have evolved.

INTRODUCTION TO FOSSILS 10

What fossils are. How they are
formed. Diferent types of fossils.

FOSSILS FOR AMATEURS ... 19

Equipment needed. Where, when

and how to collect. Museums and
other exhibits.

LIFE OF THE PAST......

27

A survey of life era by era.
Paleozoic Era............ 34
Mesozoic Era ...

49
Cenozoic Era.. . . . . . . . . . . . 61

INVERTEBRATE FOSSILS . . . 72
A systematic survey of typical
groups.

Protozoans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Sponges................. 76
Coelenterates; corals..

77
Bryozoans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Brachiopods............. 82

Annelids; worms ......... 92
Arthropods; trilobites . . . . 93
Echinoderms ............. 104
Mollusks............

110
Graptolites .............. 131

VERTEBRATE FOSSILS ...... 132

A look at some common groups.
Fish .
.................... 132
Amphibia .......
......... 139
Reptiles
............•.... 141
Birds ......
.............. 146
Mammals
.......•........ 147

PLANTS ....................... 15
A brief survey of some common
fossil plants, their evolution and
their identifcation.

INDEX ......................... 157

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