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Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States: With Localities, Collecting Tips, and Illustrations of More than 450 Fossil Specimens Paperback – April 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; A Robert G Merrick Ed edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801841453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801841453
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The definitive regional guide for amateur fossil hunters in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

(John Goodspeed Easton Star Democrat)

An amateur rock sleuth for 30 years, Burns successfully conveys his love for and admiration of fossils in this book. His pencil drawings are clear, clean, and incredibly detailed. Advancing from a rock history of the Chesapeake region, the book includes specific sites for fossil hunting, tips on proper tools, and advice on identifying and displaying a collection.

(Chesapeake Bay Magazine)

Includes everything from scientific explanation of the nature of fossils and rock formations to a practical guide for finding the necessary tools, sizing up sites, identifying fossils and displaying them back home.

(Chesapeake Children)

More About the Author

I have been writing and illustrating books for more than three decades. At last count, 32 of my books have been published in addition to 7 titles illustrated for other authors. My publishers include Johns Hopkins University Press, Routledge (Taylor and Francis), Stackpole Books, MacMillan Travel, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Also, I have self-published many titles through Pietas Publications. My books include fiction (historical, science fiction), nonfiction (numismatics, history, spirituality, paleontology, natural history), poetry, collections of short stories, children's books, compilations, and feature-length screenplays.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Henry on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Before leaving Germany for my next job at Langley Air Force Base, VA, I discovered Jasper Burns' book and ordered it from Amazon.com (THE Bookstore that linked us to home while away and connects us to the world now that we are back). Suffice it to say, I was biting at the bit to see if Mr. Burns' words would bear fruit, or more importantly, fossils. In short, his location directions and pictures of fossils to be found there were spot on. If they were listed in the book, I have found and added them to my collection i.e sharks teeth (some as large as 6 inches),whale vertebrae, shells, etc... An excellent guide and reference! If you live on or plan to visit the Mid Atlantic Coast and enjoy spending time searching and finding fossils, this is THE book to own. Thank you Mr. Burns and thank you Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1997
Format: Paperback
The book contains information on over 45 fossil-collecting sites in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each site description contains detailed directions on how to find the site, what to look for when you get there, and drawings of representative specimens that the author has found there. The drawings help with an initial identification (e.g. "shark's tooth"), but the serious collector will want to consult a more detailed work for positive identification (e.g. "tooth from a Galeocordo aduncus"). The book also has very useful advice on what equipment you might need (not much is needed, but the advice and tips are excellent). Drawings
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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I went to many of the fossil locations mentioned in the book and came home with a load of fossils. It was a great book, one of the best fossil books i've ever seen. I would recommend this book to any fossil collector.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Milligan on October 13, 2001
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This book was helpful for me because of the life-like illustrations. While I have only visited one site discussed by the author, his drawings have been a great comparison point against the typical fossil guides' pictures.
The author's interest in his hobby is contagious - I recommend you read the book and share his passion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SiameseC@aol.com on November 27, 1997
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The book is laid out well and is easy for the layman to understand. The localities are varied, and the directions to them, plus the drawings of the fossils, are accurate and beautiful. I highly recommend this book to anyone even mildly interested in hunting/collecting fossils.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
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One of the few books that reveals actual fossil hunting locations--for good reason. Because of frequent visiting, some of these sites have experienced overcollecting or damage to the natural surroundings (undermining rock faces, etc.). If visiting, please be sensitive to the environment and the site's neighbors. Best to stick to quarries or big highway cuts, where environmental impact is not a factor. These happened to be more productive fossil-wise than the more scenic locations, anyway, so everyone wins!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By abarron@prius.jnj.com on September 8, 1999
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One of the best guides to invertebrate fossils hunting I have read. Drawing from his experience in the Appalacian region (mainly West Virginia and Virginia), the author offers many fine sites which are accesible to the professional and amature alike. Was well worth the 8 hour drive from New Jersey and the cost of the book ! Includes excellent annotated references as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1998
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This is a great book for adventurers of all ages. We have had several wonderful family trips with great finds. Shows where to go, what to look for and beautiful pictures of both the sites and fossils found at each site. Great background information for the new collector. Great insights for the pro. Highest recommendation.
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