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  1. Hey guys, I was wondering if there is any good books to help identify dinosaur fossils? Thanks so much, Wyatt
  2. TRILOBITI

    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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. "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.
  19. 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?
  20. Penn Dixie Drawing!!!

    Hello, fellow TFF-ers! With the permission of our moderators—and provided I follow a few rules and guidelines—I am pleased to offer up a drawing exclusively for the members of TFF. On behalf of Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve, we are collecting names and e-mails for people interested in joining the Penn Dixie e-mail newsletter. This info may be sent via personal message to me—all submissions will be governed by the Penn Dixie privacy policy, (which can be viewed HERE), and will be used exclusively and solely for the purpose of the e-mail newsletter. On May 1st, we will be drawing randomly from the submitted names and giving away five copies of Amadeus Grabau's Geology and Palaentology of Eighteen Mile Creek as reprinted by the Hamburg Natural History Society. Amazon Reviewer Thomas Buckley writes: “This book has excellent descriptions and images of all the fossil fauna you are likely to encounter at Eighteen Mile Creek, the Shore of Lake Erie, and the Penn-Dixie quarry…In addition to being excellent visually, it is also an easy read. Grabau writes in a more modern prose, not in the vernacular of the late 19th century. If you are collecting in these formations, having this book is a necessity. You will not be disappointed. Especially for the price.” Details about the book can be found HERE. The selected winners will be posted on this thread on May 1st, at which point I will only ask for mailing addresses for the purpose of shipping out your new book! Thanks, and best of luck! -Jay Wollin Lead Educator Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve
  21. A humorous, look at experiences on a dinosaur dig crew in the famous Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana. This short story is bound to bring a chuckle or two to those in the field of paleontology who endure it all in the name of science. Looks like only a Kindle version of . 99 cents by Richard Meyn https://www.amazon.com/Road-Hell-Creek-Volunteer-Dinosaur-ebook/dp/B078ZQ8J3C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516142474&sr=1-1&keywords=road+to+hell+creek
  22. THE FLIGHT OF THE PTEROSAURS

    I recently received this book as well as some home-made cookies from a friend in Louisiana (not a Forum member). It's great and although it's for children is excellent fun and very informative. A recommended gift for kids and adults too.
  23. Great book

    Hi all I got this really great book full of info and great illustrations. Very helpful for an novice or to jazz up your coffee table. cheers Bobby
  24. Book: She Found Fossils

    Have a youngster interested in fossils an inexpensive new book to look at. She Found Fossils is a picture book about the history and present diversity of women in paleontology. It tells the remarkable stories of women all over the world in paleontological careers. Written by Maria Eugenia Leone Gold
  25. Bookcliff Baculite

    Went fossil hunting with my daughter this morning in the Bookcliffs, North of the Grand Junction, CO airport. We found this weathering out of the shale in a wash. The Baculite is about 8" long and 1.5" wide. Can hardly wait to prep this, I think it will make a nice display. My plan is to slice the base of the matrix flat (without damaging the fossil) so it will sit nicely on a table or shelf.
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