Fossils at a Glance

  • Filename: fossils-at-a-glance.
  • ISBN: 9781118687819
  • Release Date: 2013-04-16
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Clare Milsom
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Fossils provide a powerful tool for the study of the nearly 4-billion-year history of life, and its role in the evolution of Earth systems. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies, and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity. Fossils At A Glance is written for students taking an introductory level course in paleontology. Short chapters introduce the main topics in the modern study of fossils. The most important fossil groups are discussed, from microfossils through invertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a brief narrative of life on Earth. Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to see most of the important data “at a glance”. Each topic covers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of information or a starting point for future study. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date. It includes new line diagrams as well as photographs of selected fossils

History of Life

  • Filename: history-of-life.
  • ISBN: 9781118510933
  • Release Date: 2013-01-22
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Richard Cowen
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges. Changing geography, climate, atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in which organisms interact with their environments and one another, with evolutionary change an inevitable result. The organisms themselves in turn can change global environments: oxygen in our atmosphere is all produced by photosynthesis, for example. The interplay between a changing Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying theme of the book. The book has a dedicated website which explores additional enriching information and discussion, and provides or points to the art for the book and many other images useful for teaching. See:

Fundamentals of Geobiology

  • Filename: fundamentals-of-geobiology.
  • ISBN: 9781118280881
  • Release Date: 2012-03-30
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Andrew H. Knoll
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

2012 PROSE Award, Earth Science: Honorable Mention For more than fifty years scientists have been concerned with the interrelationships of Earth and life. Over the past decade, however, geobiology, the name given to this interdisciplinary endeavour, has emerged as an exciting and rapidly expanding field, fuelled by advances in molecular phylogeny, a new microbial ecology made possible by the molecular revolution, increasingly sophisticated new techniques for imaging and determining chemical compositions of solids on nanometer scales, the development of non-traditional stable isotope analyses, Earth systems science and Earth system history, and accelerating exploration of other planets within and beyond our solar system. Geobiology has many faces: there is the microbial weathering of minerals, bacterial and skeletal biomineralization, the roles of autotrophic and heterotrophic metabolisms in elemental cycling, the redox history in the oceans and its relationship to evolution and the origin of life itself.. This book is the first to set out a coherent set of principles that underpin geobiology, and will act as a foundational text that will speed the dissemination of those principles. The chapters have been carefully chosen to provide intellectually rich but concise summaries of key topics, and each has been written by one or more of the leading scientists in that field.. Fundamentals of Geobiology is aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduates in the Earth and biological sciences, and to the growing number of scientists worldwide who have an interest in this burgeoning new discipline. Additional resources for this book can be found at:

Evolution of Island Mammals

  • Filename: evolution-of-island-mammals.
  • ISBN: 1444391283
  • Release Date: 2011-02-14
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Alexandra van der Geer
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Evolution on islands differs in a number of important ways from evolution on mainland areas. Over millions of years of isolation, exceptional and sometimes bizarre mammals evolved on islands, such as pig-sized elephants and hippos, giant rats and gorilla-sized lemurs that would have been formidable to their mainland ancestors. This timely and innovative book is the first to offer a much-needed synthesis of recent advances in the exciting field of the evolution and extinction of fossil insular placental mammals. It provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on fossil island mammals worldwide, ranging from the Oligocene to the onset of the Holocene. The book addresses evolutionary processes and key aspects of insular mammal biology, exemplified by a variety of fossil species. The authors discuss the human factor in past extinction events and loss of insular biodiversity. This accessible and richly illustrated textbook is written for graduate level students and professional researchers in evolutionary biology, palaeontology, biogeography, zoology, and ecology.

Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems

  • Filename: geomorphic-analysis-of-river-systems.
  • ISBN: 9781118305447
  • Release Date: 2012-09-26
  • Number of pages: 362
  • Author: Kirstie A. Fryirs
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Filling a niche in the geomorphology teaching market, this introductory book is built around a 12 week course in fluvial geomorphology. ‘Reading the landscape’ entails making sense of what a riverscape looks like, how it works, how it has evolved over time, and how alterations to one part of a catchment may have secondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. These place-based field analyses are framed within their topographic, climatic and environmental context. Issues and principles presented in the first part of this book provide foundational understandings that underpin the approach to reading the landscape that is presented in the second half of the book. In reading the landscape, detective-style investigations and interpretations are tied to theoretical and conceptual principles to generate catchment-specific analyses of river character, behaviour and evolution, including responses to human disturbance. This book has been constructed as an introductory text on river landscapes, providing a bridge and/or companion to quantitatively-framed or modelled approaches to landscape analysis that are addressed elsewhere. Key principles outlined in the book emphasise the importance of complexity, contingency and emergence in interpreting the character, behaviour and evolution of any given system. The target audience is second and third year undergraduate students in geomorphology, hydrology, earth science and environmental science, as well as river practitioners who use geomorphic understandings to guide scientific and/or management applications. The primary focus of Kirstie and Gary’s research and teaching entails the use of geomorphic principles as a tool with which to develop coherent scientific understandings of river systems, and the application of these understandings in management practice. Kirstie and Gary are co-developers of the River Styles® Framework and Short Course that is widely used in river management, decision-making and training. Additional resources for this book can be found at:


  • Filename: fossils.
  • ISBN: 0751327964
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Cyril Alexander Walker
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

Authoritative text crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Fossils the most comprehensive and concise pocket to fossils of the world. Packed withmore than 1 000 full-colour photographs of over 500 species this handbook is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize a species instantly. Photo-encyclopedic Approach Expertly written and thoroughly vetted each entry combines a precise description with annotated photography to highlight a fossil's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. A full-colour illustration showing the fossil as a living animal or plant as well as colour-coded bands providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference complete every entry.Identification Made Easy For beginners and established enthusiasts alike the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Fossils explains what a fossil is how fossils are classified and how to start a collection. To help you in the initial stages of identification the book provides a visual key that makes it easy to recognize a fossil and place it in its correct genus. Finally a concise glossary gives instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.

Principles of Paleontology

  • Filename: principles-of-paleontology.
  • ISBN: 0716700220
  • Release Date: 1978-03-15
  • Number of pages: 481
  • Author: David M. Raup
  • Publisher: Macmillan

Explains in a clear and concise manner the factors involved in the description and classification of fossils and the practical applications of paleontologic data

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

  • Filename: sedimentology-and-stratigraphy.
  • ISBN: 9781405193795
  • Release Date: 2009-06-10
  • Number of pages: 419
  • Author: Gary Nichols
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Sedimentary rocks contain the most important archive of environmental change through earth history. They record changing climates, the movement of plates, and the rise and fall of sea-level on timescales of a few thousand to billions of years. This fully revised and updated edition introduces the reader to sedimentology and stratigraphic principles, and provides tools for the interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The processes of formation, transport and deposition of sediment are considered and then applied to develop conceptual models for the full range of sedimentary environments, from deserts to deep seas and reefs to rivers. Different approaches to using stratigraphic principles to date and correlate strata are also considered, in order to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of sedimentology and stratigraphy. The text and figures are designed to be accessible to anyone completely new to the subject, and all of the illustrative material is provided in an accompanying CD-ROM. High-resolution versions of these images can also be downloaded from the companion website for this book at:

Your Inner Fish

  • Filename: your-inner-fish.
  • ISBN: 0307377164
  • Release Date: 2008-01-15
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Neil Shubin
  • Publisher: Vintage

Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. The basis for the PSB series. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.


  • Filename: fossils.
  • ISBN: 0674311353
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 187
  • Author: Richard A. Fortey
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Discusses the formation of fossils, describes how they are used by scientists to reconstruct the history of the earth, and offers guidance on starting a fossil collection


  • Filename: evolution.
  • ISBN: UOM:39076002865959
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 367
  • Author: Douglas Palmer
  • Publisher:

Draws on the latest scientific information to recreate the story of life on Earth, with introductory articles on evolution and an index to the hundreds of species depicted in the illustrations.

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