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Vertebrate Fossils: A Neophyte's Guide

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By Frank A. Kocsis Jr.

For anybody just starting out (or the guys who've been into it forever) this is a must have book.. I've learned more from 10 minutes in this book than my whole life of watching Discovery Channel when they have on palentology stuffs.. The whole book is nothing but black and white photos of fossils all collected by amatures, in private collections. It's 184 pages of nothing but pictures. It lists common names, Genus and Species names, time period, location, and size of everything in it. You'll probably be able to tell how informative the book is by the Table of Contents. The Table of Contents is listed like this:

1. Sharks

2. Rays

3. Bony Fishes

4. Reptiles

      Tortoise

      Turtles

      Snakes

      Crocodile

      Alligator

5. Birds

6. Mammals - Edentates

      Armadillo

      Glyptodonts

      Sloth

7.Mammals

      Marsupials

      Lagomorpha

      Rodents

      Beavers

      Capybara

8. Mammals - Carniores

      Racoon

      River Otter

      Bone Crushing Dog

      Coyote-Size Dog

      Wolf-Size Dog

      Dire Wolf

      Short Face Bear

      Black Bear

      Seal

      Walrus

      Saber Cat

      Jaguar

      Lion

      Bobcat

9. Mammals - Proboscidians

      Shovel-Tusk Elephants

      Mastodon

      Pliomastodon

      Gomphotherium

      Elephant Tusks

      Mammoths

10. Mammals - Sirenia

      Dugongs

      Manatees

11. Mammals - Perissodactyla

      Tapirs

      Rhinoceros

      Horses - Equus sp.

      Horses - Other Species

12. Mammals - Artiodactyles

      Peccaries

      Llama-like Beasts

      Deer

      Bison

      Plains Deer

13. Mammals - Cetacea

14. Paleontological Oddities

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Harry Pristis

I agree that Frank Kocsis' book is very useful.  I don't have his second edition, but I'm certain it's even better than the first.  A few fossils pictured therein are things I collected (though they were no longer in my collection when photographed).

You can probably get Frank to autograph your copy at the Tampa show.  You may meet the other Frank, Frank Garcia, there as well.

-----Harry Pristis

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Guest Cris

Hmm, I'd like to meet him for sure.. and see if he'd autograph it... Thanks..

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kristinkirk

Am DYING to find this book; but am having trouble doing so! ;)

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DPS Ammonite
19 minutes ago, kristinkirk said:

Am DYING to find this book; but am having trouble doing so! ;)

Per Google, it is available, but very expensive. See if the author has some copies. The author was/is a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club. See if they have his contact info:

 

https://www.tampabayfossilclub.com/

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kristinkirk

On it!!! Thank you!

 

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