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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Esconi; 1st edition (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578111489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578111483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard S. Fisher
This book provides lots of valuable information about that area.
James A. Wozniak
A heavy duty paper bound book.
Cynthia L. Morehead

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When I found that his book had been published I could not wait to have a copy of my own.

I was not in any way disappointed with it (except for two very very minor ones listed below). To put it mildly I could not be happier with this material.

I have spent many hundreds of hours collecting at Mazon Creek and thought I had a fairly reasonable sample of what could be found there. After reading this book I find I might have 1% of the material shown represented in my collection.

The Forward and the following section "Coal, Shale, and Ironstone: The Paleontology of Mazon Creek and Its Great Faunal Discoveries" is a must read. It gives a concise history of the Mazon Creek area and what is thought to happend there to create such magnificent fossilization of soft bodied animals.

I was quite surprised to learn that is is now thought that shale containing these fossils was deposited by a momentous flood.

In my opinion this is the best book so far on the Mazon Creek area because of the color photographs and the easy reading. Color adds an immense dimension to viewing the specimens. I don't see how anyone could ask for anything more in the way of a book that contains so many specimens pictured in color accompanied by very readable text.

Each plate is accompanied by very well text written so that an amateur can completely understand it.

I was somewhat disappointed in that a picture of a Platysomus circularis fish shown to me by Dr. Richardson was not included. The fish was a little larger than a 50 cent piece and looked to have been made by a master gold craftsman. It had little scientific value I assume but any woman would have been proud to wear it around her neck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Morehead on February 6, 2013
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A heavy duty paper bound book. This book, "Mazon Creek Fossil Fauna", published in 2012, with a brown cover should not be confused with the other book, "The Mazon Creek Fossil Fauna" published 2006, a green cover, that deals with the fossil ferns and trees of the area. Both books are written by the same author and with same titles! I was delighted to find that I had not purchases the same book twice, but two different books discussing the same area but different subject topics.

The book {published in 2012} is full of great colored photographed pictures rather than the drawing of several of the earlier books. Very helpful if you want to identify any of the Mazon Creek fossils you might have in your collection. This book discuses the fauna of jellies, worms, different arthropods, mollusks, brachiopods, sea cumbers, phylum Chordata, and trace fossils and the Mazon Creek fauna taxonomy list. Excellent book to have in your fossil library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise Havlan on February 22, 2014
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A must for Mazon Creek fossil hunters. This is the bible of Mazon Creek fauna fossils and a must before ones sets out to collect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stpaulite on November 28, 2013
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If one is interested in a readable encyclopedia of the Mazon Creek fauna with good pictures at a modest price, this is your book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MazonCreeker on December 25, 2012
Very beautyfull book, full of color pictures, but information in book rather for young , beginner collectors. Informations about insects rather average. But book for all carboniferous fossils lovers!
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