The Crato Fossil Beds of Brazil: Window into an Ancient World

The Crato Fossil Beds of Brazil: Window into an Ancient World

By: David M. Martill (author), Gunter Bechly (author), Robert F. Loveridge (author)Hardback

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This beautifully illustrated 2007 volume describes the entire flora and fauna of the famous Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil - one of the world's most important fossil deposits, exhibiting exceptional preservation. A wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates are covered, including extended sections on pterosaurs and insects. Two chapters are devoted to plants. Many of the chapters include descriptions of new species and re-descriptions and appraisals of taxa published in obscure places, rendering them available to a wider audience. Fossil descriptions are supported by detailed explanations of the geological history of the deposit and its tectonic setting. Drawing on expertise from around the world and specimens from the most important museum collections, this book forms an essential reference for researchers and enthusiasts with an interest in Mesozoic fossils.

About Author

David Martill is a Reader in Palaeobiology in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, where his research interests include the palaeobiology of pterosaurs and exceptional preservation of fossil vertebrates. He is the author of several other books and has appeared in several television series including the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs. Gunter Bechley is Curator for amber and fossil insects at the Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde in Stuttgart, Germany, where his research projects include the phylogenetic system of fossil and recent damselflies and dragonflies. He has authored several books in German and English and has appeared in television series in Germany and Norway. Robert Loveridge is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. He is a botanist with interests in the botanical treatment of sewerage and environmental protection, as well as palaeontology. He is a skilled photographer and is responsible for many of the beautiful images in this book.


Part I. The Crato Formation Konservat Lagerstatte: 1. Introduction to the Crato Formation David M. Martill; 2. The geology of the crato formation David M. Martill; 3. Stratigraphy of the Crato Formation David M. Martill and Ulrich Heimhofer; 4. The sedimentology and depositional environment of the Crato Formation Ulrich Heimhofer and David M. Martill; 5. Commercial exploitation of the Crato Formation Artur Andrade; Part II. The invertebrate fauna: 6. Preparation techniques for Crato Formation fossils Michael Schwickert; 7. Taphonomy and preservation of Crato Formation arthropods Federica Menon and David M. Martill; 8. Chilopoda - centipedes David M. Martill; 9. Arachnida - spiders, scorpions and allies Jason A. Dunlop, Paul Selden and Federica Menon; 10. Crustacea of the Crato Formation Gunter Schweigert, David M. Martill and Mark Williams; 11. Insects of the Crato Formation Gunter Bechly, Arnold Staniczek, Rainer Willman, Fabian Haas, David A. Grimaldi, Sam W. Heads, Rafael Gioia Martins-Neto, Federica Menon, Sam W. Heads, Jacek Szwedo, Yuri A. Popov, Karin Wolf-Schwenninger, Wolfgang Schawaller, Till Osten and Jana Willkommen; Part III. The vertebrate fauna: 12. The Crato Formation fish fauna Paulo M. Brito; 13. Anurans of the Crato Formation Maria Eduarda Leal, David M. Martill and Paulo M. Brito; 14. Turtles of the Crato Formation Darren Naish; 15. Lizards of the Crato Formation David M. Martill; 16. Crocodilians of the Crato Formation: evidence for enigmatic species Eberhard 'Dino' Frey and Steven Walter Salisbury; 17. Pterosaurs of the Crato Formation David M. Unwin and David M. Martill; 18. Birds of the crato formation Darren Naish, David M. Martill and Ian Merrick; Part IV. The Flora: 19. Flora Barbara A. R. Mohr, Mary E. C. Bernardes-de-Oliveira and Robert F. Loveridge; 20. Spores and pollen from the Crato Formation: biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental implications David J. Batten; Part V. Miscellanea: 21. Miscellaneous biota David M. Martill; Appendix: Species list for the crato formation; Systematic index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521858670
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 624
  • ID: 9780521858670
  • weight: 1480
  • ISBN10: 0521858674

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