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Fossils (DK Handbooks) Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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This book was detailed enough that I really enjoyed it, but easy enough to understand that it was completely accessible to my eight year old son, and quite useful even for my five year old. My oldest was able to identify an unknown fossil in his collection on the first day, and another a few days later making this book a huge success. I especially liked the fact that the main focus was on the most common fossils. Sure my child would love to uncover a Megalosaurus or something, but it isn't terribly likely. This book covers many the fossils the average collector is more apt to be able to find or buy for a reasonable price.
If you are looking for really extensive details on any given species, this book will not suffice. But it will help you discover exactly what you have so you can look up more details later.
After a good introduction section that includes ,what is a fossil,means ofpreservation,a geological time chart,where to look and an identification key.
Fossils are divided into 3 -vertebrates,invertebrates and plants.For each species there is an illustration with size,adiscussion of the fossil,habitat and common and Latin names.
Very well researched and presented.It contains all you will need to know about fossils.
All in all, this is fascinating to read and offers informative details about the kind of prehistoric life that I wanted to learn about. The only downside is the fact that the book is not that practical unless you intend on doing alot of globe trotting. A more UK-centred book would have been more useful although this is a small grumble given that the subject is endlessly fascinating. An absorbing book that is great fun to dip in to.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in paleontology , or to fossil collectors .
K. A. Whittington FICE , FGS .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very clear and easy to use. Logical format.
Good photos. Value for money.