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Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques Methods of Preparing and Obtaining Information

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ISBN-10: 0521459001

ISBN-13: 9780521459006

Edition: N/A

Authors: Patrick Leiggi, Peter May, John R. Horner

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This volume fulfills a long-standing need of vertebrate paleontologists - whether amateurs attending their first excavation or preparators and curators - for a book that describes and explains modern paleontological techniques and practice. The authors of this volume are all exceptional technicians in their field and the book covers everything from field specimen collecting, through conservation methods, chemical preparation, molding, casting and painting, and mounting of vertebrate skeletons, to the final chapter devoted to the use of CT scans and X-ray methods. The book stems from the fact that, up until now, most preparatory techniques and skills have been passed down by example and…    
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Book details

List price: $99.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Peter H. May is professor of agro-food systems and sustainable development in the Graduate Program in Development, Agriculture, and Society at the Federal Rural University, Rio de Janeiro. He is also the executive director of Pro-Natura, an international environment and development organization. He is the coauthor of The Subsidy from Nature(1991) and editor of Natural Resource Valuation and Policy in Brazil(1999), both published by Columbia.Ronaldo Ser�a da Motta is professor of environmental economics at Santa Ursula University, Rio de Janeiro. He is also coordinator of the Center for Environmental Studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in the Brazilian Ministry of…    

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Conservation of vertebrate paleontology collections
Adhesives and consolidants
Collecting taphonomic data from vertebrate localities
Macrovertebrate collecting: field organisation and specimen collecting
collecting in caves
site documentation
Microvertebrate collecting - large-scale wet sieving for fossil microvertebrates in the field
Laboratory preparation: macrovertebrate preparation
microscopic preparation
non-petrification preparation
fossilized eggshell preparation
Chemical preparation
Heavy liquids: their use and methods in paleontology
Histologic techniques
Molding, casting, painting: molding and casting
cast painting
Mounting of fossil vertebrate skeletons
Methods and use of CT-scan and X-ray: CT scan of fossils
radiography of fossils
Index