The 50 State Fossils (Hardcover)

A Guidebook for Aspiring Paleontologists

By Yinan Wang, Jane Levy (Illustrator)

Schiffer Publishing, 9780764355578, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2018

List Price: 18.99*
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Did you know that Illinois's state fossil is the weird-looking Tully Monster, which had eyes on a pair of stalks and an elephant-like trunk that ended in a toothed claw? Or that Idaho's state fossil is the stocky Hagerman horse, named for the town where its bones were found? Fossils can be found in every state, and this engaging guidebook brings these ancient organisms to life. Each state entry contains details about the state fossil; an illustration of what the vertebrate, invertebrate, or plant looked like; a photograph or drawing of the fossil; and a state map showing where it can be found. Potential fossil candidates are proposed for states that do not yet have official state fossils, along with instructions on how to get state fossils designated. An appendix lists museums and parks where these fossils can be studied first-hand, making the book a fun resource for fossil enthusiasts and future paleontologists of all ages.

About the Author

Yinan Wang is a graduate of Princeton University and a life-long natural history enthusiast. Jane Levy has a passion for art and education and an MFA from Ohio State University.