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Paleozoic Fossil Plants

Bruce L. Stinchcomb

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Over 670 color photos reveal the Paleozoic plants that covered the earth from 500 to 260 million years ago, well before the dinosaurs roamed the world. These plants provide some of the earliest records to the greening of planet earth. They also make fascinating, very attractive fossils, which can be considered as "nature's artwork." The fossil record provides a window into the first "forests" of the Devonian Period, followed by the peculiar plants of the Lower Carboniferous. These plants, in turn, were followed by those of the Upper Carboniferous, abundant vegetation that is responsible for almost half of the planet's coal seams. Coal swamp vegetation is followed by the more sparse Permian floras, which preceded what was the earth's most profound extinction event. Marine plants also make their appearance in the world during this period, as do various puzzling fossil tracks and burrows previously thought to be marine plant fossils. This book is for all who are curious about the ancient earth.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 673 color photos | Index | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764343278

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The author, Bruce L. Stinchcomb has been fascinated with fossils since a child. With the finding zones of late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) fossil plants near where he lived as an early teen in the 1950’s, he developed, among various paleontologic specialties, an interest in plants of the Paleozoic Era, the earliest portion of geologic time to yield abundant, obvious fossils. This interest in fossils and paleontology persisted and over the years where the author acquired an extensive collection of Paleozoic fossil plants which form part of the basis of this work. The author is a retired professor of geology who has published extensively in both the non technical literature as well as technical works which includes extensive material on Cambrian fossils of the Ozarks. He also has written nine other Schiffer books on fossils and other geo-collectables.