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Fossil (DK Eyewitness Books) by Paul Taylor

By Paul Taylor

New glance! Relaunched with new jackets and eight pages of latest textual content! here's an unique and intriguing new examine fossils - the continues to be of long-vanished animals and vegetation. wonderful real-life images of the impressive continues to be of historic lives provide a distinct "eyewitness" view of what fossils are, how they have been shaped, and the way they lived hundreds of thousands of years in the past. See pearls which are 50 million years outdated, a dinosaur's toe, a difficult "snake" that used to be grew to become to stone, a fossilized person, and a snail made up of necessary stones. learn the way fossils are shaped, how trilobites were preserved for 590 million years, the place to appear for a belemnite, and the way fossils helped the pharaohs of old Egypt. observe that are the main invaluable fossils on this planet, the place ammonites lived, how vast mammoths have been, what a devil's toenail feels like, and masses, even more.

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From these it is possible to build up a Orycteropus was a Miocene aardvark, a peculiar kind of anteater. Mammals picture of the variety of species, what they living on a diet of ants have several features Modern aardvark ate, and the way they lived. in common, including a long hard palate in the roof of the mouth which helps prevent ants from entering the windpipe. High-crowned Modern cheek teeth camel ICE AGE MAMMAL Mammoths were elephant-like mammals adapted to life in cold climates during the Pleistocene Ice Ages.

Lignite crumbles easily and may crack as it dries in the air. Impression of lycopod bark BITUMINOUS COAL Black bituminous coal is sometimes used as a fuel for household heating. The impression of a Carboniferous lycopod tree (p. 36) seen here shows the plant origin of the coal. Ink Shoe polish ALL MADE FROM COAL Most coal is burned to provide heat or to make steam which, in turn, is used to drive the generators in power stations producing electricity. But many everyday products used in the home and garden are also made from coal.

In spite of their great variety, angiosperms appear relatively late in the fossil record. The earliest examples come from the Cretaceous. The earliest conifer fossils occur earlier, in the Carboniferous. Palmlike leaf BEFORE THE FLOWERS When angiosperms first appeared, some of the most common plants were cycads – palmlike gymnosperms which produced seeds in separate conelike structures. Modern cycads still look like palms. There are nine kinds living in tropical and subtropical forests. Annual rings preserved in stone Fossil cycad CYCAD COMPANION Other gymnosperms were also living at this time, and some Cretaceous conifer wood has been petrified (turned to stone).

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