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  1. My Fossil seller show 3 photo of his fossil book but he don't tell what name of this book. I want to know what is this book. Please
  2. User friendly Invertebrate fossil guide

    Thanks to my recent forays into the depths of paleontology academia, a new contact at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln sent me the link to this free publication. While the art is a bit, um...well, you will see, I had my reservations...but this is a handy guide for fossil hunters, particularly newbies and youngsters in my opinion. While written with Nebraska inverts in mind, it will be a useful reference for just about anyone. I admit, i learned a few things! Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska Roger K. Pabian Anyway, via the free digital commons at UNL: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__digitalcommons.unl.edu_cgi_viewcontent.cgi-3Farticle-3D1002-26context-3Dconservationsurvey&d=DwMGaQ&c=DwXS7JuQSqHJbC-G1sthng&r=7ti8Y0Kje7atvlMPwljPq5q_OneMv_iJXoTY9cY7QCY&m=ljwm_2jDjaGm8VsOm0YAsuhsrRuI40Dj2PZl5y_PIJo&s=9dVvxFcO5LceztpM8OCcAnP8zM3eLttRjEWNbRNzgpE&e=
  3. What Would You Get?

    For the purposes of my birthday, I would like to get a small collection of early shark teeth. They've always been sort of a neglected interest of mine, so I am finally cataloguing what we have to arrange a small display as one of the subsets of our collection. However, with that, comes a bit of conflict. I have found some select teeth available I can pirchase, but am unsure which I want to follow through with (two separate sellers). I can either: 1) Get a cladodus tooth from Illinois, Stethacanthus tooth from Oklahoma (tip broken and root not complete), and helodus tooth from Indiana (and POSSIBLY a Peripristis tooth from Kansas for an additional cost if I can swing it) OR 2) Same Cladodus and Stethacanthus tooth as above, with a Petalodus tooth from Oklahoma and Fossil Shark Teeth of the World book. With paying extra in shipping, both lots come to about the same price. So which would you choose? And why?
  4. Some Assembly Required

    Ordered this book, arrived today .
  5. I went on a bit of an unusual fossil hunt this morning--in my office closet. I'm getting things packed up for a move next month to Gainesville, FL. We're moving up there from South Florida because I've had my fill of hurricanes (and year-round yardwork). In Gainesville I'll be able to volunteer more with the FLMNH. So I'm slowly repositioning the contents of my house into a growing stack of moving boxes. I got to the bottom corner of my office closet today and found a box that had some childhood memories in them. No favorite stuffed animals, no catcher's mitt and baseball, no cheap trophies for athletic prowess demonstrated. Nope, this was MY childhood and it was slightly (or more so) more eccentric than portrayed in Leave it to Beaver. My childhood contained as many science books as comics or Mad magazines. I had access to my dad's workshop and knew my way around a soldering iron building kits from Heathkit (a reference that will mean little to those of a younger generation). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathkit The box I found in my closet contained my first microscope--a simple little slide scope with a pair of AA batteries in the base for backlighting. It also had part of my childhood rock collection--some pyrite, a piece of green quartzite, an agate, and a heavy chunk of specular hematite (given to me my by 3rd grade teacher who knew I was a science geek). The best "discovery" was my nascent fossil collection. It had my first fossil book (copyright 1962): There were plastic bags filled with little scraps of poor quality fossils. I was living in Chicago at the time so my fossil horizon contained items mostly from the Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian. My 3rd grade teacher must have had a summer home up in the upper peninsula of Michigan (the likely source of the chunk of specularite) and she also gave me my first mystery fossil. It's a partial negative cast and I never could quite figure out what it was. I pressed clay into it as a kid to view its positive form and often suspected some form of trilobite. Could never make out any eyes on the end and looking at it now I suspect the "head end" may be some sort of pygidium. Maybe someone here may be able to hazard a guess. Several years ago Tammy and I visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in D.C. and of course spent an inordinate amount of time in the paleontology section. When I saw a nice example of a complete (and highly enigmatic) Recepticulites my mind went back to this piece that I found nearly 45 years ago. Most of the fossils that I collected myself were found wherever I had access to either beaches (like Lake Michigan) which had tumbled cobbles containing fossils or from a campground I remember a couple hours west of Chicago that used large rip-rap limestone boulders as erosion control where a road crossed over a large lake. So, in addition to bringing marshmallows for flambéing in the campfire in the evenings, and a fishing pole in attempt to see what types of fishes were hiding beneath the surface of the lake, I also brought a hammer and stone chisel--that's normal, right? I'd clamber around on the rocks looking for evidence of some poor quality fossil poking out here and there. I'd spend much more time than it was really worth freeing gastropod steinkerns, barnacles, crinoid stem segments, and other representative fossils of the time. I was always quite happy when I found find something that was included in my fossil guide book. Fossil books were few and far between in museum book shops and this was long before the ubiquity of the internet and longer before @Cris had the idea for TFF. I'll unpack this box again when we reach Gainesville and look back on my humble beginnings collecting fossils. I may organize some of these into a showbox display and hang it in my office in the new house. Back in the day I told (mostly adults) that I wanted to be a paleontologist when they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Not hearing the expected answer of teacher, fireman, or astronaut (this was the era of the space race), the questioner would stare blankly at me till my grandfather or my parents would explain that it is someone who "digs up fossils". It took me a few decades but I've finally been able to travel around and "dig up fossils" if only on a serious avocational level. You'll see some indications that I was trying to be a serious collector back then. I had numbered several of my finds when I had made a potential identification. I had a notebook (long since vanished) where I recorded the collecting information and (probably) identification for my finds. The little adhesive numbered tags were cut from strips of numbered tape used to identify both ends of cables when building racks of switches and relays (back in the day before semiconductors). I have my first specimens of a rugose horn coral, a faint brachiopod, a crinoid segment, and my first worn partial trilobite. I remember some of these fossils and some I've long since forgotten about but the one that was the most surprising to see while picking through my old collection was a reasonable example of a Mazon Creek fern frond. While this is a well known fossil locality here on the forum (and beyond), I was surprised by this as Mazon Creek and its fossil lagerstätte had escaped my awareness till about a decade ago. Tammy and I were visiting the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago with our nieces and we happened upon the great exhibit they have there on Mazon Creek. That was the first time I was conscious of the fact that there was a great place to collect fossils relatively close to where I grew up but that fate and the relative lack of information back in the day had hidden it from me. Had I known about Mazon Creek back in the day and been able to amass a more impressive fossil collection as a kid I might not have chosen computers for a career. Actually, computer programming came natural to me like walking or breathing so computers were likely baked into my fortune cookie of fate and interest in fossils would rekindle later in life as it has. I still have no recollection of how this Mazon Creek concretion came into my possession. I can only assume that I received it as a gift from some adult trying to fan the flames of a passion for fossils. With the possibility of a long-term time-delay fuse this effort seems to have worked. Think about that next time you gift some fossils to a kid who shows interest. Cheers. -Ken P.S.: Tammy thinks I should choose one of these as a last minute entry for the FOTM contest since I (re)found them this month.
  6. Hello all, A quick question. Do you guys have some recommendations in regards with literature about 'Neogene fossils', that could help me with identification of the finds? All I found was this one, but I don't know the author so I'm skeptical: https://www.amazon.sg/Cenozoic-Fsils-II-Bruce-Stinchcomb/dp/0764335804 Thank you for the answers
  7. Hey guys, I was wondering if there is any good books to help identify dinosaur fossils? Thanks so much, Wyatt

    Dear all, just to announce that I've published a new edition of the Trilobite book "Back to the Past" in Italian version... (yes I know lot of disappointed people...) This new release has an updated classification, following the last trilobite orders (but surely not definitive!) defined by Adrain 2011, 2013 and other authors, composed by more than 480 pages, an A2 folded poster included, new plates, updated wonderful images and new chapters (ontology, colors, origins...). Feel free to ask if someone is interested; you can have access to other information from here: trilobiti_guida_essenziale_al_riconosciento_e_classificazione.pdf or have a look on my website www.enrico-bonino.eu Here follow the introduction, wrote by Sam Gon III (thanks Sam!) ------------------------------------------------------ Trilobites have been a delightful obsession of mine for many years. As a young graduate student in Zoology over 40 years ago, I gravitated to these amazing Paleozoic arthropods, whose huge diversity and worldwide presence symbolized the diversification of life on Earth. I remember hunting for and devouring any books that offered significant focus on the Trilobita. My obsession eventually found virtual expression when in 1999, 20 years ago now (!), I first unveiled A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites, a website celebrating trilobite diversity and evolution. That website, still active today, opened international doors for me, introducing me to like-minded trilobitophiles on all continents, and confirming for me that trilobites were worthy of life-long dedication. One of these “fellow trilobitophiles” is Enrico Bonino. So when Enrico announced that he and Carlo Kier were working on a book dedicated to trilobites, it drew my attention immediately. It was not a primarily technical work, such as the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology (Volume O - the so-called “Trilobite Bible”), and yet neither was it a purely popular account. The authors offer us a substantive work, exploring the “world of trilobites,” their origins, morphology, classification, ecology, and paleogeography in extensively researched and richly illustrated sections, then present a large photographic catalogue of trilobites (and some close relatives) organized in geochronological order and by lagerstätte - one can see trilobites from all over the world, over 1000 species illustrated - more than adequate to illustrate the richness and distinctiveness of this singularly wonderful class of ancient arthropods. Even some specimens only very recently discovered (in the first decades of this new millennium) and published are included, like the giant asaphids from the Valongo Formation of Portugal, and the belgian Ohleum magreani. Because new trilobites are discovered every year, and research continues on this fascinating group, the book you hold now is expanded from the original edition that appeared in 2009: new information on trilobite eggs and ontogeny, new localities to showcase, even major changes in the classification of trilobites, with new Orders to consider. This book illustrates how dynamic and fresh the study of trilobites remains in the 21st century. A work such as this could not have come into being without the cooperation of a large, international community of collectors, preparators, researchers, and public institutions that participated in sharing some of the finest trilobite specimens known, and I enjoyed contributing illustrations and feedback to this project over the years. The majority of the trilobites in this book are to be found in the Back To The Past Museum (an impressive collection, one of the best private exhibitions of trilobites in the world), but in addition, it was a delight to recognize specimens coming from other notable collectors and colleagues such as Peter Cameron, Sam Stubbs, Mark Marshall, Jake Skabelund and many others not possible to enumerate here. Like many who devote their lives to our extinct trilobed antecedents, Enrico and Carlo don’t consider the amount of time, research, international networking, and artistic creation that resulted in this book. It is a product of the joy that comes from immersion into the world of creatures hundreds of millions of years gone by, a joy that now we can all share, no matter what language we speak! Samuel M. Gon III, Ph.D. Honolulu, Hawai`i ------------------------------------------------------ Regards, Enrico
  9. Hi Folks, I am looking for some good books on Florida geology and Florida fossils. I don't need any beginner level books - I have them all. I've done a lot of searching on the web, but Florida appears to be a geological wasteland in terms of rock books - not much to be had. This is not surprising, because all of Florida is nothing but sand and limestone. However, I am thinking that surely I must be missing something, so any recommendations are welcome. I am also looking for books on Florida-specific fossils for identification and distribution purposes. Google Scholar search has netted some nice finds in this regard, but I still feel like I am missing something. Thanks in advance! MikeG
  10. So I seem to have developed an interest in Stromatolites recently. Can someone suggest good / reliable books, websites or pdf papers where I can do further research Thanks
  11. The Ecology of fossils

    Hello everybody! Today I want to introduce you to a book that I really found fascinating. It is quite aged and probably some of you have already read it, but I think it's worth anyway! The book is called "The Ecology of Fossils", an illustrated guide edited by W.S. McKerrow and published by Duckworth in 1978. Essentialy it depicts the life assemblage of dozens of communities of the past, focusing on the British record. The marine habitats are extensively covered, whilst the terrestrial habitats are much less in number, but the same is true for our knowledge of them. Let's start the gallery with some pictures of the front cover, the book's presentation and the table of contents. As you can see most of the book is the devoted to the Palezoic and Mesozoic communities, but the Caenozoic and present day are not left out. Now it's time for the actual content. Each geological era is given a description, with a focus on the period subdivision and the palaeogeographic setting. Then the communities are thoroughly descripted, focusing on what environment was exploited (for example reef slope of muddy sea floor), the recurring species and the ecology. A table accompanies every description. Let's start with the marien communities. And now the terrestrial habitats. I pictured one from the Lower Cretaceous and the famous Devonian swamp community from Scotland: the Rhynie lagerstatten in which plant are preserved in chalcedony by the siliceous water and animals underwent a process comparable to preservation in amber. To wind up, I higly suggest reading or just checking the tables of this marvellous work, that really gives you an idea of what fossils looked like in their environment on their own and as a community. I got my copy for a cheap price on online, but it is not a common book. If you ever stumble upon a copy, don't miss it!!
  12. Cyril's Walkers useful knowledge about fossils has brought us a book he made for fossil hunters like us. This book contains hundreds of pages of fossils and everything about and how to identify,rarity,time period,etc. It is very useful and I have identified some fossils such as sand dollars,trilobites,and shark teeth I have bought. It also gives us info for earths history,where to look for fossils,equipment,and many more.
  13. Hi everybody, I have a question about this book. There are two versions of it. One of them has an ammonite on the cover and the other has a Meg tooth on it. What are the differences between the two books and which one is more recommended? Thanks!
  14. Not sure where this belongs, but for those of you that are shark fanciers I recently found that the definitive guide, "Sharks of the World: a fully illustrated guide" by David A Ebert, Leonard Compagno and Sarah L Fowler with illustrations by Marc Dando is being published with 80 additional pages in October. If you have been looking for a copy you may be aware that the 2013 edition currently sells for a ridiculous $600 to well over $1000. (Best I can find right now is $591) You can preorder a copy of the new expanded version now
  15. Ammonite Books??

    Does anyone know of some decent books published on Ammonites? I have the one by Neale Monks already. But a search online hasn't revealed much. It's strange really, as they are such a popular group of fossils.
  16. looking for a book about mosasauridae

    Hi TFF friends, Do you have any book suggestion about the mosasauridae? Few month ago, I started to deeply learn about Mosasauridae and after reading a tons of papers about them, I would like to get my hands on some book about this matter. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you very much.
  17. Hello, I'm looking for a book to understand the evolutions of the birds, something easy to understand. I've found 3 books, anyone here ever read these books? https://www.amazon.com/Feathered-Dinosaurs-Origin-John-Long/dp/0195372662/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=evolution+of+the+birds&qid=1558129346&s=gateway&sr=8-16 https://www.amazon.com/Flying-Dinosaurs-Fearsome-Reptiles-Became/dp/0231171781/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=evolution+of+the+birds&qid=1558129346&s=gateway&sr=8-1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1421415909/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0
  18. The Milwaukee Formation

    We are very pleased to announce the latest title that is currently in the early stages of preparation, so probably will not be ready for release until late 2018 or early 2019. The title is: Fossils of the Milwaukee Formation: A Middle Devonian Paleoecosystem from Wisconsin, USA by Kenneth (Chris) Gass. This will be a pictorial guide to the animals and plants that lived during the Devonian Period in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over 380 million years ago, as told by the fossils they left behind. This heavily illustrated book (600 colour photos and line drawings) is supported by the author’s more than fifty years of fieldwork and research on the Milwaukee Formation. Being the first book written on the subject since 1911, it presents in one place a revealing update of its fossilized fauna and flora, and a comprehensive review of the discovery of the formation. It also points to significant insights that have resulted from studying its fossils, ranging from simply revealing new species to providing evidence used in various studies such as the one that attempted to counter the theory of Punctuated Equilibria. Provisional contents Preface Introduction Cementing Its Place in History The Lost 100 Years? The Milwaukee Formation: Its Stratigraphic Position and Subdivisions Life in Devonian Milwaukee The Microfossils The Corals The Conulariids The Bryozoans The Brachiopods The Snails The Clams The Cephalopods The Annelid Worms The Trilobites The Phyllocarids The Echinoderms The Fishes The Plants Notes Bibliography Terminology https://siriscientificpress.co.uk/blogs/news/new-title-in-preparation-fossils-of-the-milwaukee-formation
  19. Spent a few hours today at the annual London Rock and Mineral show. Most of the vendors specialize in minerals and jewellery, but a few had some fossils. I am not sure about posting images from the specific vendor tables without their permission, but the fossils were mostly what one would expect at shows like these: polished Moroccan orthocerids, Madagascaran ammonites, the usual trilobites, and the GR fish plates. Just a glance down one of the aisles: Although I have a digital copy of Trilobites of New York, I'm still a bibliophile of the first water, and sometimes nothing quite beats having a physical book in hand. This is an unopened copy I bought for a very fair price: But perhaps the highlight of the visit was talking to two vendors who were also local collectors. We talked about our collecting spots and traded a few stories. One of the vendors actually knew Charlie Southworth personally. Of course, after spending some time in conversation it only felt appropriate to make a purchase. So my only fossil purchase was this cephalon of Eldredgeops iowensis southworthi (since we were, after all, talking about Charlie Southworth!). Although just a cephalon, the size is impressive. So, not a "major" shopping excursion, but pleasant. Definitely the best part was the conversation with the veteran collectors, swapping names (of fossils, sites, and collectors we know). Good to get out of the house on this snowy day, and even better to return home for some hearty, homemade lentil soup.
  20. Book I’m currently reading (just started it). Dinosaurs: The most complete, up to date encyclopedia for dinosaur lovers of all ages, by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz. I am enjoying this book so much because it’s easy to follow, it’s organized, and it breaks down the different types of dinosaurs. Very educational. Check out the beautiful illustrations.
  21. Hello, I have been recently shopping around for fossil books that are more image heavy to look around at on my downtime, the few I have so far seem to be generally focused on all fossils and contain hardly any fossil vertebrates from the mesozoic or tertiary periods. Thus I am on the look out for any books that would be good fits, there was one I cannot remember the name for the life of me that I think is a large recent book that I've seen in B&N that goes over all time periods in full color with fossil photos/creature images, if anyone knows maybe which one that could be I was definitely on the lookout for it but any recommendations are awesome.
  22. Rockhounding Wisconsin Review

    In late spring the book Rockhounding Wisconsin was released. I had pre ordered it as I was excited they were making one of these books for my home state. I have several of the other ones for other states and love them. I waited several months and when I finally received it, read it cover to cover over 2 days. From a fossil hunter viewpoint I was seriously disappointed. From a fossil standpoint, almost every single site listed is listed here on this site somewhere. There are many a couple locales at most I wasn't familiar with, and only 1 of which might allow collecting. The author also is not very knowledgeable as to the laws of collecting as almost every site he said he wasn't sure about collecting status. From a responsible collectors point of view, this is one of the most pertinent parts of information. This information should have been sought out more so than the random filler commentary in the book. From someone seeking out gems and other shiny or fun rocks like agates, it's ok as Wisconsin isn't really known much for that. The sections on those are also quite vague saying things like, you should be able to find this even though I didn't because of the time of year. From a geology standpoint, I thought there was a lot of information on the various formations throughout Wisconsin. If you just want to find a bunch of rocks from different formations, time periods, etc, then this is a great book. There are tons of sites where you can find things like various limestones, banded rocks, etc. Overall I would give it 3 stars only because the geology aspect. I understand it's a rockhounding book, and not a fossils and shiny object book, the latter of which my kids and I enjoy collecting. To me the book just feels forced, like the author just drove the major freeway through the state and picked locales that were close to the road. He even says many times about his family being with him so this undoubtedly influenced him going off the beaten path to find some real good places. His commentary also will rub some Wisconsinites the wrong way talking about poisoning our country with lead producing past and cheese producing now(obesity). Personally unless you're a geology student or someone who just really different looking random rocks, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this book. Stick to the advice of the forum and save yourself 20 bucks.
  23. picked this book up to add to the fossil collection since it's about some of the crab I find here altho it is a little out dated lol.
  24. "How the Earth Turned Green; or A Brief 3.8 Billion-Year History of Plants" by Joseph E. Armstrong. Brand new book on plant biology and evolution that I bought for myself, but very quickly realized it was over my head. Don't let this scare you, since I am an ABSOLUTE novice to paleontology. I got it on Amazon, so you can go there to see a review of it if you like. I guess the first person to send me a pm saying they want it can have it. But must be in the US due to overseas postage costs.
  25. Book to give away

    If I have a paleontology book that is over my head, therefore "free to good home in the US," where should I post it?