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Lost World of Fossil Lake Snapshots from Deep Time

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ISBN-10: 0226922960

ISBN-13: 9780226922966

Edition: 2013

Authors: Lance Grande

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The landscape of southwestern Wyoming around the ghost town of Fossil is beautiful but harsh; a dry, high mountain desert with cool nights and long, cold winters inhabited by a sparse mountain desert community. But during the early Eocene, more than fifty million years ago, it was a subtropical lake, surrounded by volcanoes and forests and teeming with life.  Buried within the sun-baked limestone is spectacular evidence of the lush vegetation and plentiful fauna of the ancient past, a transitional ecosystem giving us clues to how North America recovered from a great extinction event that wiped out dinosaurs and the majority of all species on the planet.Paleontologists have been conducting…    
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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 8.35" wide x 10.31" long x 1.42" tall
Weight: 3.938
Language: English

Lance Grande has been doing paleontological fieldwork in the Fossil Butte Member of southwestern Wyoming for more than thirty years and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on this amazing locality. He is also a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, where he conducts research on fishes, paleontology, geology, and evolutionary biology. He is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books and scientific articles. His book Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World (2009), published by the University of Chicago Press, won the 2009 PROSE Award in Earth Sciences, and in 2012 he received the Robert H. Gibbs Award for an Outstanding…    

Preface
In the Beginning
Fossils from the FBM: History, Controversy, and Quarry Life
Exposing the Record of Past Life: Fossil Preparation
Classification of Fossils and Their Place in the Web of Life
Bacteria
Arthropods (Phylum Arthropoda)
Mollusks (Phylum Mollusca)
Vertebrates (Phylum Chordata, Subphylum Vertebrata)
Cartilaginous Fishes (Superclass Chondrichthii)
Ray-Finned Fishes (Superclass Actinopterygii)
Abundance and Distribution of Fish Species
Tetrapods (Superclass Sarcopterygii)
Amphibians (Class Amphibia)
Non-Avian Reptiles (Class Reptilia; Superorders †Paracryptodira, Cryptodira, Squamata, and Crocodylomormha)
Birds (Class Reptilia; Superorder Aves)
Mammals (Class Mammalia)
Plants
Green Algae (Phylum Chlorophyceae)
Ferns and Horsetails (Phylum Filicopsida and Phylum Equisetopsida)
Conifers (Phylum Coniferophyta)
Non-Eudicot Flowering Plants (Phylum Angiospermophyta; Subclasses Magnoliids, Monocotyledons, and Ceratophyliids)
Eudicot Flowering Plants (Phylum Angiospermophyta; Subclass Tricolpates)
Trace Fossils
Reading the Pages of Deep History
Concluding Remarks
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Key to the Major FBM Localities
Summary List of FBM "Fish" Species
Summary List of FBM Bird Species
FBM Fossils That Have Been Enhanced, Restored, Inset, or Faked
Using This Book and Comments on Bulletin 63
Sources of Phylogenies Used in This Book
List of Institutional Abbreviations Used in This Book
Glossary