Nudds, John and Paul Selden.

Fossil-Lagerstatten provide us with windows on the history of life on earth and this book focuses on 14 outstanding Fossil-Lagerstatten located in North America. It provides insights into the history of life on earth. It contains succinct summaries of 14 outstanding fossil Lagerstatten located in North America. It includes over 300 superb colour photographs and drawings. It features useful appendices listing museums to visit, how to visit the sites and additional reading.

Most major recent advances in understanding the history of life on Earth have been through the study of exceptionally well preserved biotas (Fossil-Lagerstätten). These are windows on the history of life on Earth and can provide a fairly complete picture of the evolution of ecosystems through time. This book follows the success of Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems by the same authors which covered Fossil-Lagerstätten around the world. The success of the first book prompted this new book which draws on four localities from the original book and adds another ten, all located in North America.

Following an introduction to Fossil-Lagerstätten, each chapter deals with a single fossil locality. Each chapter contains a brief introduction placing the Lagerstätte in an evolutionary context; there then follows a history of study of the locality; the background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment; a description of the biota; discussion of the palaeoecology, and a comparison with other Lagerstätten of a similar age and/or environment. At the end of the book is an Appendix listing museums in which to see exhibitions of fossils from each locality and suggestions for visiting the sites.

The Gunflint Chert
Mistaken Point
Burgess Shale
Beecher’s Triolbite Bed
The Bertie Waterlime
Mazon Creek
The Chinle Group
The Morrison Formation
The Hell Creek Formation
The Green River Formation
Dominican Amber
Rancho La Brea
Appendix. Museums and Site Visits

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Manson Publishing, Octavo, paperback, colour illustrations.

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Weight 1100 g