The World of Fossils - Vittorio De Zanche; Paolo Mietto;Sampson Low, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Offset from a price sticker to the head of the upper panel. Ding to the head of the lower board. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “How do we know about dinosaurs and other animals that no longer exist? The answer is because of fossils. Owing to certain chemical and physical conditions, the remains, or their traces, of animals and plants which lived millions of years ago have been preserved in rock strata -as fossils. It is from this fossilized evidence that our knowledge of the evolutionary development of living organisms originates. The World of Fossils explains palaeontology in simple terms and describes, in separate chapters, the succession of life within the geological eras of Earth history — outlining the life-forms which emerged at certain times and those which died out, and suggesting the possible reasons for these events. The recent period, in which Man has evolved, is also discussed. Other chapters include: The Process of Fossilization: conditions required for fossilization; the processes; extraordinary fossils Geological Time: Radioactive dating; relative chronology Evolution: evolution from species to species; evolution in the major groups of organisms The Uses of Fossils: basic information about living organisms from their fossilized remains; Palaeoecology; Palaeoclimatology; Biostratigraphy; Palaeogeography; Pseudofossils: inorganically produced structures; Over 250 colour photographs and drawings illustrate the text which consists of about 35,000 words. A selective bibliography is included.”
Size: 7¾" x 5¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 256 pages.