Fossil Plants, 2009, by Kevin R. Aulenback, softcover, published by University of Calgary Press, 376 pages.
Identification Guide to the Fossil Plants of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Drumheller, Alberta
From the back cover -----
Plant fossils have helped scientists reconstruct the natural surroundings that supported the growth and evolution of dinosaurs - their food sources and habitat. While there are many scientific and general books on the dinosaurs and dinosaur fossils of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, this is the first general publication on fossil plants within the province of Alberta since 1949. This guide is based on author Kevin Aulenback's years of experience and discovery with hands-on investigation of fossil plants in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation and other areas, and is supported with the most up-to-date scientific discussion on paleobotany (the study of ancient plants) and palynology (the study of spores and pollen).
This book is an easy-to-use guide, for the amateur and professional alike, to identifying cretaceous fossil plant finds within the Horseshoe Canyon Formation and similar formations worldwide. Illustrated with over 800 drawings and photographs, the guide gives the readers/collectors enough information on their finds, as well as on still-living comparatives, to accurately identify fossils within the field or lab. The guide contains many unpublished fossil finds noted by the author over sixteen years of research, discovery, and observation in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation.
The contents include -----
Geology of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation
Coal Seam or Zone Markers
Types of Preservation and Methods of Study
Casts and Moulds
Cataloguing, preparation, and study of specimens
Problems encountered with interpretation of fossil specimens
Classification of Fossil Plants Found in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation
The History of Fossil Plant Collecting in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Drumheller, Alberta
Present Status of the Plant Fossil Record
Environmental Reconstruction of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation Based on the Flora
Environmental Reconstruction of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation Based on the Fauna
Food for Thought: Dinosaur/plant interactions
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