Field Paleontology,
2nd edition

By Roland Goldring
April 1999
Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582356253
208 pages, Illustrated
$87.50 Paper Original

This is the major text on the integration of field paleontology and sedimentology, particularly valuable for both practical lab exercises and students working independently and unsupervised on field projects.

Field Paleontology provides a comprehensive, rigorous and unique approach to the analysis of fossils and sediments and offers a practical field guide which no paleontology student can afford to be without. The past decade has seen immense changes in paleontology and in the study of sedimentary rocks in general. This edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account these advancements in the subject to produce a book that is unique in its coverage of paleontology and sedimentology.

The book provides a basis for evaluating the information potential of fossiliferous sediments, and then to give an outline of the strategy and tactics which can be adopted in the field. Field Paleontology is written for advanced undergraduate courses in paleontology, palaeoecology, palaeobiology, sedimentology and biostratigraphy within geo-science and geology degrees. It is also useful reading for Masters earth science students and first year postgraduates looking for a grounding in the basics of the subject.

1. Principles and classification. 2. Field strategies. 3. Taphonomy of body fossils. 4. Fossil identification. 5. Body fossils for the paleontologist and palaeoecologist. 6. Shell concentrations and skeletal elements as hydraulic and environmental indicators. 7. Fossils for the stratigrapher and structural geologist. 8. Trace fossils and bioturbation.

Features " Extensive changes to existing material and the inclusion of a new chapter reflecting contemporary developments and current trends in ichnology " Takes a much needed applied focus, designed for today's courses where there is a strong emphasis on exercises and palaeontology is seen as a tool rather than a discipline for its own sake " Collates many facts, normally only available in reference collections and libraries and not accessible in the field " Reflects the increasing interdiscipline of the subject by helping to bridge the gap between areas of study such as palaeoecology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin modeling.

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