Authoritative text crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Fossils the most comprehensive and concise pocket to fossils of the world. Packed withmore than 1 000 full-colour photographs of over 500 species this handbook is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize a species instantly. Photo-encyclopedic Approach Expertly written and thoroughly vetted each entry combines a precise description with annotated photography to highlight a fossil's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. A full-colour illustration showing the fossil as a living animal or plant as well as colour-coded bands providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference complete every entry.Identification Made Easy For beginners and established enthusiasts alike the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Fossils explains what a fossil is how fossils are classified and how to start a collection. To help you in the initial stages of identification the book provides a visual key that makes it easy to recognize a fossil and place it in its correct genus. Finally a concise glossary gives instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.