Fossils provide a powerful tool for the study of the nearly4-billion-year history of life, and its role in the evolution ofEarth systems. They also provide important data for evolutionarystudies, and contribute to our understanding of the extinction oforganisms and the origins of modern biodiversity.
Fossils At A Glance is written for students taking anintroductory level course in paleontology. Short chapters introducethe main topics in the modern study of fossils. The most importantfossil groups are discussed, from microfossils throughinvertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a briefnarrative of life on Earth.
Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to seemost of the important data "at a glance". Each topiccovers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of informationor a starting point for future study.
This second edition has been thoroughly revised and brought upto date. It includes new line diagrams as well as photographsof selected fossils