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Fossil Crinoids

Fossil Crinoids

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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524407

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  • Crinoids have graced the oceans for more than 500 million years. Among the most attractive fossils, crinoids had a key role in the ecology of marine communities through much of the fossil record, and their remains are prominent rock forming constituents of many limestones. This is the first comprehensive volume to bring together their form and function, classification, evolutionary history, occurrence, preservation and ecology. The main part of the book is devoted to assemblages of intact fossil crinoids, which are described in their geological setting in twenty-three chapters ranging from the Ordovician to the Tertiary. The final chapter deals with living sea lilies and feather stars. The volume is exquisitely illustrated with abundant photographs and line drawings of crinoids from sites around the world. This authoritative account recreates a fascinating picture of fossil crinoids for paleontologists, geologists, evolutionary and marine biologists, ecologists and amateur fossil collectors.

    • Spectacular photos and illustrations: will appeal to amateur collectors as well as researchers
    • The only authoritative and comprehensive volume on crinoids
    • Very well respected authors
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    "...a veritable feast that will satisfy starving crinoid lovers the world over. The book is stunning in appearance and authoritative in its treatment. Fossil Crinoids goes far beyond many recent works treating major fossil groups in presenting the most spectacular crinoid assemblages, or Lagerstatten, over time and space, spanning the entire fossil record of crinoids from the Ordovician through the Cenozoic from cosmopolitan localities. The book strikes a unique balance between lavish illustration of exquisitely preserved crinoids, heralded in a section of superbly reproduced color photographs, and detailed analysis of the geologic setting of each assemblage...There is no comparable work on crinoids that so concisely introduces crinoid paleontology and the rich fossil record of the group. Anyone with interest in echinoderms, fossil or living, will find a wealth of useful information here." American Paleontologist

    "Six years in the making, Fossil Crinoids is a masterful work. I congratulate the authors on writing a book that is a pleasure to read and a valuable source of information for both professionals and amateur collectors." Society for Sedimentary Geology

    "...the authors have done a splendid job of summarizing much introductory information concisely, illustrating the text with excellent figures and photographs...this is a book equally well suited for the science library and for the coffee table. I congratulate the authors and I highly recommend it." Historical Biology

    "The book will be useful for a wide range of individuals, including students, researchers, educators, and the interested amateur...Fossil Crinoids is an excellent reference text... For amateur, eductors, and students, this book is an excellent starting point for learning about fossil crinoids. For the researcher or advanced student, whether an echinoderm specialist or simply a Paleozoic/ Mesozoic paleontogist, this book will be a useful reference for one of the most prominent and historically significant group of fossil echinoderms." Jrnl of Geoscience Education V.49 Sept 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524407
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 279 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.979kg
    • contains: 237 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prelude
    Introduction
    1. Crinoid form and function
    2. Systematics, phylogeny and evolutionary history
    3. Fossil occurrence
    4. Taphonomy
    5. Ecology and ecological interactions
    6. Middle Ordovician Trenton Group of New York, USA
    7. Middle Ordovician of the Lake Simcoe area of Ontario, Canada
    8. Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnati, Ohio area, USA
    9. Silurian of Gotland, Sweden
    10. Middle Silurian Rochester Shale of western New York, USA, and southern Ontario, Canada
    11. Scyphocrinitids from the Silurian-Devonian boundary of Morocco
    12. Lower Devonian Manlius/Coeymans Formation of central New York, USA
    13. Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slates of Germany
    14. Middle Devonian Windom Shale of Vincent, New York, USA
    15. Middle Devonian Arkona Shale of Ontario and Silica Shale of Ohio, USA
    16. Lower Mississippian Hampton Formation at LeGrand, Iowa, USA
    17. Lower Mississippian Burlington Limestone along the Mississippi Valley in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, USA
    18. Lower Mississippian Edwardsville Formation at Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA
    19. Upper Pennsylvania LaSalle Member, Bond Formation of central Illinois, USA
    20. Permian
    21. Triassic Muschelkalk of central Europe
    22. Pentacrinites from the Lower Jurassic of the Dorset coast of southern England
    23. Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shales of southern Germany
    24. Middle Jurassic of southern England
    25. Middle Jurassic of northern Switzerland
    26. Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Plattenkalk of Bavaria, Germany
    27. Uintacrinus beds of the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara formation, Kansas, USA
    28. Tertiary
    29. Recent
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Hans Hess, Basel Natural History Museum, Switzerland

    William I. Ausich, Ohio State University

    Carlton E. Brett, University of Cincinnati

    Michael J. Simms, Ulster Museum, Belfast

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