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Fossils: A Guide to Prehistoric Life (A Golden nature guide) Paperback – August, 2000


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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Golden nature guide
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books Pub Co (Adult) (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307244113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307244116
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,966,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BARKIN ELDEM on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This little guide is the best choice for beginners and children. Book gives the reader an idea about what a fossil is, where and how they can be found, and some information about major fossils. All the pictures are hand drawn illustrations, so that they are not very detailed but still OK for kids and beginers. (I liked it when I was young!)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can remember pouring over the pictures in this book,using my book light,long after the final lights out call from my parents. I traveled back in time, imagining dinosaur growls and prehistoric seashells. By day, I would wander the acreage on my Grandma's farm, scouring the weedy earth for the slightest hint of ancient rock or dinosaur footprint. I wanted my school-age children to enjoy the imaginative art of archeology and paleantology and immediately remembered my favorite book, Fossils: A Guide to Prehistoric Life. I was delighted to see that it was still in print with the same exciting drawings. I immediatley ordered my copy! I then decided to order a copy for my kids! This is a great book that will encourage your children to look beyond the video games and satellite channels and into the fascinating world of the ancient past.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Putnam on November 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I own a fossil quarry and this book explains better about our fossils than the other books that the fossil stores carry around here. I recommend this book very much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on March 10, 2009
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"Fossils: A Guide to Prehistoric Life"", by Frank Rhodes, H. Zim & Paul Shaffer, St. Martin's Press, NY 2002, ISBN: 1-58238-142-9, PB 100 pgs., Index 4 pgs. Inveiglements include 481 full-color illustrations of fauna & flora fossil, and museum quality diorama of extinct creatures. 6" x 4".

This pocket-sized book is handy to carry, provides a clear overview with hundreds of colorful illustrations by Prof. Raymond Perlman (Univ. of Ill.) of plant & animal fossils and contains useful notations of species found at various timelines. The lead author Rhodes, President of Cornell University, had ready access to some of the finest specimens and documents available.

As an introduction and pocket guide this primer is to be recommended, and useful for full spectrum of age groups to all wanting ready access to reliable basic information on paleontology. Unfortunately, the list of nine textbooks and references tabulated on page 25 is outdated (1936 to 1962) and no mention, even in passing, is made of DNA. Nonetheless, as a pocket primer it is not excelled and the price is right.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on August 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Small and compact, this pocket-sized book provides a good introduction to prehistoric life, how organisms fossilize, and how man then discovers, extracts and analyzes these fossils. The book is written both as an educational guide and a field guide; something that can be used in the classroom or out in the field when actually looking at or for fossils. The text is simple enough for highschoolers to understand, but contains a lot of information. Good addition to the libraries of those who like fossils, or just glossing over nice color illustrations of ancient organisms such as dinosaurs.
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A great guide series for young kids that enjoy nature. To bad they don't print them in hardback anymore. They are simple to read and are full of illustrations that are easity to understand.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on March 30, 2013
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I still had the original printing from 1962 and discovered that my 4-year old grandson, a dinosaur nut and "fossil collector," loved it. Partly I believe because of the drawings, and also the small book size which was manageable for him. I went to Amazon thinking if anyone had an old copy, they would. Lo and behold it was a new printing, but only cover and title pages. And thrilled that the author, Frank T. Rhodes, was now shown as (former) President, Cornell University as opposed to Professor of Geology, University of Michigan. As a Cornell alum who knew him, I was proud that my grandson had the newer version. He walked around clutching it and showing everyone who would listen, what each sketch or diagram was. Again, the portability was key!! A wonderful gift for inquisitive kids, and also great for adults who want an introduction to the fossil world.
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By jgreenwood on August 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
perfect quick refrence guide for in the field or in the class. i like how the book is small and compact easy to carry in backpack or even your back pocket.
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