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For Younger Readers

  • Bell, R.A., 1992, Science Close-Up: Fossils: Golden Books, New York, 24 p. Introduction to fossils for young people.

  • Carrick, Carol, and Carrick, Donald, 1989, Big Old Bones: Clarion Books, New York, 32 p. The story ot collecting and mounting dinosaur bones in the Old West.

  • Elting, Mary, 1988, The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs: Golden Books, New York, 61 p. Part of the Golden Book series dealing with natural history for young people.

  • Horner, J.R., and Gorman, James, 1985, Maia: A Dinosaur Grows Up: Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, 36 p. A nice story about dinosaur parenting.

For General Audience

  • Arduini, Paolo and Teruzzi, Giorgio, 1986, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Fossils: Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, 37 p. Beginner's guide to fossils.

  • Czerkas, S.J., and Czerkas, S.A., 1991, Dinosaurs: A Global View: Mallard Press, New York, 247 p. This book deals with dinosaurs and the plants and animals that preceded them and followed them.

  • Fenton, C.L., Fenton, M.A., Rich, P.V., and Rich, T.H., 1989, The Fossil Book: A Record of Prehistoric Life: Doubleday, New York, 740 p. Popular treatment of all major fossil groups--animals with and without backbones, plants, and microfossils. Revision of a book widely used by amateur paleontologists since 1958.

  • Parker, Steve, and Benor, R.L., 1990, The Practical Paleontologist: Simon and Schuster/Fireside, New York, 160 p. Popular guide to all things paleontological, from collecting to displaying fossils

For Advanced Audience

  • Benton, M.J., 1990, Vertebrate Palaeontology: Unwin Hyman, Boston, 377 p. Highly readable account of the history of animals with backbones.

  • Boardman, R.S., Cheetham, A.H., and Rowell, A.J., editors, 1987, Fossil Invertebrates: Blackwell, Boston, 713 p. Basic college-level text from which to learn about fossils of animals without backbones.

  • Lipps, J.H.,editor, 1992, Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Boston, 342 p. Introduction to the world of microfossils.

  • Stanley, S.M., 1986, Earth and Life Through Time: Freeman, New York, 690 p. Well illustrated textbook dealing with our planet and its life through time.

  • Stern C.W., and Carroll, R.L., 1989, Paleontology: The Record of Life: Wiley, New York, 453 p. Introduction to all fossil groups through time--plants, microfossils, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

  • Taylor, T.N., and Taylor, E.L., 1993, The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants: Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 561 p. College-level text dealing with fossil plants.
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Fossils, Rocks, and Time
By Lucy E. Edwards and John Pojeta, Jr.

Contents & Introduction
Putting Events in Order
The Relative Time Scale
Rocks and Layers
Fossils and Rocks
Fossil Succession
The Numeric Time Scale
Further Reading

Photograph of scientist studying 
fossils with a microscope Photograph of scientist in the Ellsworth 
Mountains of Antarctica
Many fossils are too small to be studied without a microscope. The rocks that seem to be coming out of the man's head, part of the Minaret Formation in the Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica, are a 7.5-m-thick bed of limestone that stands vertically. The limestone is made up of the shells of Cambrian fossils.

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