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"Lance Grande's book is a tour de force celebrating the scientific value, historical background, biodiversity, and sheer beauty of the exquisitely preserved fossils from the Fossil Butte localities in Wyoming. Elegantly written with lucid prose and enjoyable stories about the human culture of fossil collecting, it is an unforgettable, must-have biography of one the world's most significant fossil sites." -John Long, author of The Dawn of the Deed"

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Lance Grande has been doing fieldwork in the Fossil Butte Member of south-western Wyoming for more than thirty years. He is senior vice president and head of research and collections at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and has also been curator in the Department of Geology there since 1983. He is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books and articles, including Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Lost - but not forgotten 5. Juni 2013
Von R. Moller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I have been waiting for the existence of this book ever since I first saw a picture of the prehistoric bat, Icaronycteris index,in 1997 when reading about prehistoric mammals. The deposits of Fossil Lake reveal schools of fish, as well as mysterious birds, still poorly understood insects, assorted reptiles, and bizarre mammals. This book is full of beautiful fossils and the text serves as a springboard for further research on the extraordinary material. I must issue a minor warning to defend this fine book: If you are looking for a book about dinosaurs, do not buy this book. The exquisite reptile on the cover is a Saniwa ensidens, an extinct relative of the Komodo Dragon. They say a picture worth a thousand words; with this book, I believe it.
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Paleontological Treasures - the fossil site and this book 7. Juli 2013
Von Stephen Marley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A fossil hunting partner of mine emailed me about this book, telling me that it helped reaffirm why we spend countless hours in remote locations breaking rocks in the relentless wind and sun of the American west. I had previously purchased Lance Grande's more modest work "Paleontology of the Green River Formation with a Review of the Fish Fauna" (Geological Survey of Wyoming/Bulletin 63 1984) and knew of the authors familiarity and expertise with this fascinating subject... Grande is considered the foremost authority on this amazing fossil site. Certainly, this book confirms his authority and is the definitive work on the vast, highly productive Fossil Lake/Green River formation.

The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time, takes the publishing of what is an essentially scientific work to a entirely new level. It is a gorgeous publication for anyone interested in natural history, fossils, biological evolution and the joy of discovery. The photography, typography, layout and printing are first rate... the book is beautiful - and worthy of any coffee table presentation. More importantly, the depth and perceptive nature of the text compels readers to contemplate the meaning and implications of each and every paragraph. This is as good a "read" as you'll find in a book about fossil discoveries - and (hip hip hurrah!) there's not a dinosaur bone to be found on any page. Paleontology, despite what one might think from the sheer volume of popular publications, is not all about old T-Rex.

Lance Grande shows us how this immense fossil formation, certainly one of the most prolific "dig sites" in the world presents us with a snapshot of the early Eocene period, long after the extinction of dinosaurs. It was a time when the north American continent was once again connected from coast to coast (a vast inland sea was gone) and the climate was subtropical - much warmer and far wetter than today.
Readers will discover what this region looked like 55 million years ago, how the fossil lake system was formed, what flora/fauna thrived and died within it's waters and how they were preserved for mankind to discover and interpret.
My guess is that other readers will be equally as impressed, amazed and delighted by this book. Highly recommended!
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One of the fine books to own 24. Juli 2013
Von JohnBBQ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have known of Fossil Buttes for 50 years. This book tells the story of The Lost World of Fossil Lake. The little gift shop did not do justice to seeing what has been 'unearthed" from this site. A visit in the summer to the actual quarry sites is too hot and too dusty for my wife and too difficult for my old knees. The author has turned a scientific book into a work of art and readability that is so enjoyable that I have read passages aloud to friends at dinner. It is a fascinating book and when you consider the cost of travel today, this is the best way in the world to visit and explore Fossil Butte Monument. Many Thanks to the author for make ancient rock specimens "come alive" in this book. The book stays out so we can look at it again and again and share it with friends.
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One of the Best 15. Juli 2013
Von Aramovich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Standing at the base of an otherwise nondescript mesa, watching the sagebrush and sand bend and blow by in the constant wind, I have difficulty imagining this barren landscape as the bottom of a lake that is surrounded by lush vegetation and the occasionally eruptive volcano. In fact, to get that view you need to push your mind back some 52 million years or so. This is not the only lake; there are two others and both are larger. But this one, Fossil Lake by its modern name, will be the source of some of the best preserved, unusual and most prolific fossils in the world.

We've all seen the fish from the lake; they show up at conventions, in stores from the highest end fossil shops to the Salvation Army's. A picture of pleasant dark brown bones and scales on a background of light cream rock, the most common remind you of sardines in both size and shape. Located just west of the small mining and ranching town of Kemmerer in Wyoming, there is a lot more in these fossil beds than small fish, in fact there is a whole lot more than fish, period.

The great quantity, diversity of the fossils, their showy preservation, the ease of preparation, (early workers used nails, I use sharpened files and sewing needles), attracted some of the greats of nineteenth century American paleontology. First was the grandfather of it all, Joseph Leidy. He was soon followed by E. D. Cope and O. E. Marsh who gleefully extended their personal feud and dirty tricks to the denizens of Fossil Lake. Later a few workers paid sporadic attention to specific fossils but there had been no comprehensive treatment of the lake's entire fossil richness until now. Each quarry in use today is at a different place in the old lake, some in deeper water, and some in more shallow waters. And then there are at least three separate groups of layers, each with its own characteristic. This has led to a truly amazing undertaking.

At almost 425 pages including appendices, glossary and index, and generously illustrated with 222 color plates, some with multiple images, the book is obviously significant to even to the most complete novice. To those interested in the area's fossil, it is a comprehensive and easily applied reference. Even professional diggers have different ideas of what to which species a given fossil belongs. This is easy to understand since some of the interspecies differences are quite subtle. But Grande uses photographs and text so well that one should have no trouble deciding which species you have in your hand.

While most visitors focus on the fish, Grande treats almost every other conceivable fossil type in addition. Plants, insects, other arthropods, extinct primates, worms, snakes and even birds get his excellent attention. He even points out how little micropaleontology has been done on the bacteria of the lake thereby giving aspiring PhD students a rich source of thesis topics on a golden platter.

Lastly, the writing is a mix of technical terms and regular English. But Grande explains or paraphrases the technical terms so that, combined with pictures, anyone with even a smattering of scientific training will understand the bulk of the text.
Fabulous book! 6. August 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful! Terrific pictures, excellent text. (And not too "academic" for the average high school graduate who has a deep interest in our fossil history, who has read a few books about paleontology, and who has access to Wikipedia.)
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