Footprints in Stone: Fossil Traces of Coal-Age Tetrapods by Ronald J. Buta,David C. Kopaska-Merkel,Dana J. Ehret

By Ronald J. Buta,David C. Kopaska-Merkel,Dana J. Ehret

The Steven C. Minkin (Union Chapel) Paleozoic Footprint web site ranks one of the most vital fossil websites on this planet this day, and Footprints in Stone recounts the unintended revelation of its lifestyles and precise findings approximately its fossil record.


Currently 2,500 miles from the equator and greater than 250 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, the Minkin website used to be a swampy tropical woodland adjoining to a tidal flat in the course of the Coal Age or Carboniferous interval greater than three hundred million years in the past. That fecund strand of sand and dust on the ocean’s area teemed with the earth’s earliest reptiles in addition to amphibians, fish, horseshoe crabs, spiders, leaping bugs, and different attention-grabbing organisms. not like dinosaurs and different huge animals whose good our bodies left not easy fossil documents, almost all these small, soft-bodied creatures left no concrete is still. yet they did depart anything else. Preserved within the site’s coal beds besides insect wings and wonderfully textured styles of primeval vegetation are their footprints, fossilized animal tracks from which smooth paleontologists can glean many beneficial insights approximately their actual anatomies and behaviors.


The paleontological exam of fossil tracks is now the state-of-the-art of latest scholarship, and the Minkin web site is the 1st and biggest website of its type in jap North the US. came upon via a neighborhood highschool technological know-how instructor, the location offers either expert and novice paleontologists all over the world with a wealth of fossil tune samples besides an inspirational tale for newbie explorers and collectors.


Authoritative and commonly illustrated, Footprints in Stone brings jointly the contributions of many geologists and paleontologists who photographed, documented, and analyzed the Minkin site’s fossil trackways. An engrossing story of its serendipitous discovery and an in depth examine of its fossil files, Footprints in Stone is a landmark book within the background of paleontology.

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