The definitive stories of how our state fossils, state dinosaurs and other state stones and gems were proposed and selected. And what a marvelous array of specimens and species have been elevated to such lofty status! We note that 'stately fossils' run the gamut of variety and time. From trilobites and brachiopods through fossil whales (Tully) monsters, and so many incredible species in between, spanning the three Phanerozoic eras. Steve has traced the story of how fossils became "the" state fossils all the way back to an early period in the emerging science of paleontology in America. In these unfolding tales, Steve relates many intriguing details concerning the adoption of fossils carrying special significance in 44 of our 50 states. This book is written clearly & informatively. It succeeds as a book that both young & old can enjoy. For each entry Steve describes the history of discoveries of each fossil, the occurrence and paleoecology pf the species and circumstances leading toward legislation of the fossils as the official "state fossils."
Written by a professional paleontologist specifically for young readers, this guide to the Dinosauria is packed with enough detail and insider information to satisfy even die-hard dinophiles! The text includes brief entries on all 800+ "named" species of Mesozoic dinosaurs, as well as chapters on the history of dinosaur discoveries, the science of dinosaur art, dinosaur biology, and much more. With sidebars by 33 world-famous paleontologists, museum-quality illustrations, and over 20 never-beforeseen restorations of new dinosaur species, this is a must-have compendium of fact and fandom that dino enthusiasts of all ages will devour with glee!