All the illustrations are by Mrs E. Winson; the authors are very grateful for the artistic skill, biological knowledge and patience she has shown in producing the drawing from our crude instructions, Mr P. Deussen drew the maps and other text-figures. We also owe thanks to Leslie and Tony Birks-Hay of Alphabet and Image who first suggested an illustrated book on fossils, and who guided us through many problems as the project developed. Specialist advice was generously given by the following: Dr N. Fannin (Devonian sediments), Dr R. A. Fortey (trilobites), Dr L.B. Halstead (vertebrates), Dr J. M. Hurst (Ordovician and Silurian brachiopods), Dr M. R. Leeder (Carboniferous), Dr N. J. Morris (molluscs), Mr D. Mundy (Carboniferous reefs), Dr T.J. Palmer (Mesozoic communities), Mr J. Pattison (Permian communities), Dr R. B. Rickards (graptolites), Dr A. W. A. Rushton (Cambrian and Ordovician faunas), Mr A. E. Timms (Carboniferous reef-slope), and Dr R. Watkins (Silurian communities).

The Ecology of Fossils

An Illustrated Guide


Fossils Mckerrow


An Illustrated Guide edited by \Y. S. McKerrow

"This book is the first attempt to portray communities of marine invertebrates from every geological system since the Precambrian. It contains 125 block-diagrams of fossil assemblages, each picturing animals and/or plants in life-position, in many cases their position when buried as fossils and their appearance in cross-section in the sediment. Each assemblage is descrilx-d and for each system there is a general introduction ... Excellent drawings." —Nature

"With each section is shown a shelving layer on which are drawn a selection of the fossils as they now appear, from the study of which the drawings of the living forms have been reconstructed. About 1,000 representative species have been pictured, each in itscommunity with definite geological provenance; in many instances the same or closely similar forms will be found in most parts of th^ world. Seven experts . * divide the task among themselves by long periods; the editor is a distinguished paleontologist at Oxford. There is a valuable introduction totheprinciplesof paleoeqology, with a classification scheme for plants and animals.[The book's] 'main purpose is to educate and stimulate.' It isan unusual success on those terms." — Philip Morrison, Scientific American

"It is indeed much more than an illustrated book on fossils. The changing pattern of forms of life in similar habitats is the basis for this book. The unit study, as the authors point out, is the fossil assemblages, and these have been reconstructed for each period of geologic time... The text has a fine introduction, brief but informative, covering concise statements on ecologic controls, stratigraphic nomenclature, and an outline of the fossil record ... delightful reading." — Bioscience

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

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