This book serves as an introduction to the Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of south-central Africa, covering the whole of Southern and Eastern Africa and Angola. Fifty two plates illustrate almost 1000 species and provide a field guide to the macrofossils of the subcontinent. The book will be of value to field geologists, students and non-specialists with an interest in the natural world. A bibliography of the Cretaceous palaeontology and stratigraphy of the subcontinent is provided.
Provides a concise account of the Cretaceous geology for 13 African regions
Includes beautiful illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography
Fossils are presented in stratigraphical order, allowing easy determination of the age deposits.
Michael Cooper has a D. Phil. from Oxford University where he was a Wolfson Scholar, and is Honorary Curator of Palaeontology at the Durban Natural Science Museum, as well as an Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has studied the Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of south-central Africa for almost 50 years, concerned mainly with the biostratigraphy, evolution and classification of the molluscan faunas (ammonites, bivalves) and echinoids. He has published over 120 scientific articles on these subjects, his research involving fieldwork in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.
Introduction Eustasy Milankovitch cycles The break-up of Gondwana Vicariance The terminal Cretaceous extinction event Regional Geology Namibia Northern Cape Western Cape Lesotho Swaziland Eastern Cape KwaZulu-Natal Mocambique Zimbabwe Angola Malawi Zambia Tanzania References Illustrations of Cretaceous fossils