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By John Foster, Dale A. Russell (Foreword by)
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The Morrison's beneath your feet. This book is a fantastic overview of the geology, and the important fossil discoveries of the formation which sprawls over Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and parts of other states; even up into Canada. This book is full of gorgeous color photographs and illustrations; as well as some historical B&W photos, maps and charts. This is written for the layman, but it has enough detail to engage any enthusiast. It is a wonderful resource for paleontology nerds as well as anyone with an interest in the prehistory of the west.

— From What Kathleen Is Reading


The famous bone beds of the Morrison Formation, formed one hundred and fifty million years ago and running from Wyoming down through the red rock region of the American Southwest, have yielded one of the most complete pictures of any ancient vertebrate ecosystem in the world. Jurassic West, Second Edition tells the story of the life of this ancient world as scientists have so far been able to reconstruct it.

Aimed at the general reader, Jurassic West, Second Edition recounts the discovery of many important Late Jurassic dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus. But dinosaurs compose barely a third of the more than 90 types of vertebrates known from the formation, which include crocodiles and turtles, frogs and salamanders, dinosaurs and mammals, clams and snails, and ginkgoes, ferns, and conifers.

Featuring nearly all new illustrations, the second edition of this classic work includes new taxa named since 2007, updates to the naming and classifications of some old taxa, and expanded sections on numerous aspects of Morrison Formation paleontology and geology.

About the Author

John Foster is a paleontologist at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal, Utah. He has conducted fieldwork and research in the Morrison Formation throughout the Rocky Mountain region for 30 years, starting while a graduate student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He previously worked as executive director of the Moab Museum in Moab, Utah, and curator of paleontology at the Museums of Western Colorado in Fruita, Colorado. He is also author of Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life of North America.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253051578
ISBN-10: 0253051576
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020
Pages: 560
Language: English
Series: Life of the Past