Fossils: The Key to the Past Hardcover – 30 Apr 2009
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'An excellent introduction to the subject for anyone who has ever picked up a piece of rock marked with the trace of a long dead creature and wondered how it got there.' --Editor's choice, Good Book Guide
About the Author
Richard Fortey was a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum. He is the author of several books including: The Hidden Landscape which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993; Life: An Unauthorised Biography which was short-listed for the Rhône Poulenc Prize in 1998; Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize; and Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum. He has won both the Lewis Thomas and Michael Faraday prizes for his science writing, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1997.
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This is the fourth edition in there been a few corrections and many additions so if you have an earlier version of this book you will definitely want to buy this one also. The book pretty much covers the field of paleontology leaving no stone unturned or any fossil and described. For the beginner paleontologist the terminologies, histories, and techniques are discussed.
The book itself is very sturdy and the pages are all glossy many color pictures with detail some diagrams and references for further reading.
Richard Fortey is also the author of "the Hidden Landscape", "Life: an Unauthorized Biography" and "Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution".
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