What Your Fossils Can Tell You

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-04
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Written primarily for the avid amateur and beginning professional paleontologist, the pictorial guide What Your Fossils Can Tell You offers both experienced and novice fossil hunters and collectors the information necessary to correctly identify and interpret the significance of their discoveries.

Author Biography

Robert W. Sinibaldi is a former president of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club and is currently a member of its board of directors. He is author of Fossil Diving: In Florida's Waters or any other Waters Containing Prehistoric Treasures and The Handbook of Paleontological Terms.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
What Is a Vertebrate Fossil?p. 3
What Are Morphology, Pathology, Natural Alterations, and Cultural Modifications?p. 3
Why Study Morphology, Pathology, Natural Alterations, and Cultural Modifications?p. 4
Using This Pictorial Guidep. 5
Figuresp. 5
Geological Time Scalesp. 5
American Archaeological Time Scalesp. 7
General Directional Terminologyp. 7
Endnotesp. 7
The Morphology of Fossil Bonesp. 9
Introductionp. 9
Types of Jointsp. 11
Suturesp. 22
Growth Plates and Epiphysealsp. 23
Tendon and Ligament Attachment Scars and Processesp. 29
Bone Densitiesp. 36
Visionp. 40
Bones as Armorp. 44
Skin Attachment Scarsp. 50
Markings Left by Nerves and Blood Vesselsp. 53
Auditory Bonesp. 57
The Braincasep. 60
The Morphology of Fossil Teethp. 63
Introductionp. 63
General Mammalian Tooth Morphologyp. 65
Herbivoresp. 70
Carnivoresp. 80
Omnivoresp. 84
Special Cases of Mammalian Teethp. 88
Age Determination/Stages of Developmentp. 97
Sexual Dimorphismp. 109
Shark Tooth Morphologyp. 111
Reptile and Fish Teethp. 124
Natural Alterations to Fossilsp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Biological Alterationsp. 130
Geological Alterationsp. 136
Hydrological Alterationsp. 143
Atmospheric Alterationsp. 147
Pathologies in Fossil Bonesp. 152
Introductionp. 152
Ankylosis and Syndactylyp. 154
Necrosis and Sequestrump. 156
Osteitisp. 159
Bone Discontinuitiesp. 161
Arthritisp. 163
Osteoarthritisp. 165
Osteophytes, Spondylosis Deformans, Spondyloarthropathy, and Herniated Disksp. 171
Pathological Fracturesp. 176
Pseudopathologiesp. 182
Congenital Anomalies and Problematic Specimensp. 194
Pathologies in Fossil Teethp. 201
Introductionp. 201
Dental Cariesp. 202
Dental Abscessp. 208
Dental Hypoplasiap. 209
Periodontal Diseasep. 210
Impacted Teethp. 213
Unusual Wear Patterns, Extra Teeth, and Missing Teethp. 216
Pathological Shark Teethp. 219
Congenital Anomalies and Problematic Specimensp. 231
Cultural Modification of Bones, Antlers, and Teethp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Unintentional Modificationsp. 242
Intentional Modificationsp. 248
Problematic Specimensp. 314
Glossaryp. 325
Notesp. 339
Selected Referencesp. 353
Acknowledgmentsp. 359
Indexp. 363
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