Index Fossils of North America
Posted 03 September 2007 - 03:35 PM
Posted 07 September 2007 - 01:55 PM
I think I'll go now and put my copy of Index Fossils of North America into a plastic bag to protect it. As a vertebrate collector (mostly), I've opened it only a few times over the years. (sigh!) All that information at hand, and no room in my head for it!
?A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.?
---Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) in "The Sign of the Four"
"Thus declined the population of the giant shark, C. megalodon,
with the loss of its preferred prey, skunk apes.
"The big sharks were forced to eat whale and dugong and manatee and walrus,
but what they dang-well wanted was ape.
('Once you've had Australopithecine, nothing else tastes quite-so-fine!')
The megalodons persisted for a while,
but there was no enthusiasm, and they died out also."
Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:31 PM
You are right. If my resources would permit it I would own the entire set that makes up the"Treatise". I wonder if R.C. Moore knew what he started in 1948. Here now in 2007, some 33 years after Moore's death the Treatise is still growing with volumes being revised and reissued and new volumes being added to the series.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:17 PM
I have about 500 publications which is just a fraction of those available. If you have second hand bookstores in your area be sure to drop by now and again...look for bulletins, memoires, etc. from the US Geological Society, Geological Survey of Canada, etc. Don't pass on publications from Russia (the most comprehensive), Germany, China, etc. The text may be in a foreign language but the taxonomy and plates are in Latin....no different from publications in English.
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