Paleonet: New free E-book: Protection and Conservation of fossil sites worldwide.

Jere H. Lipps jlipps at
Thu Sep 3 06:41:20 GMT 2009

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce this new on-line e-book dealing with an
important problem facing paleontologists--the preservation and
conservation of their fundamental field data through the establishment
of protected areas we call PaleoParks.   These would include
scientific, educational and recreational uses, where possible, and
might range from established Heritage Sites or National Parks to local
sites of importance.   All would be listed on a website where the
protected sites would be mostly available to the general public and
endangered or otherwise unprotected sites would be available by
password only to those people working for their preservation.

This volume reviews the International Paleontological Association's
activities and plans, and provides examples of successful protection
(six chapters) and of endangered or unprotected possible sites of
importance ( four chapters).   This book is already assigned in at
least one class that deals with Geoheritage issues and may serve well
for discussion in other classes or groups.   And 
it is free at> 
(French).  The copy on this site is an early 
release; the official release been
scheduled September 17th.  In the meantime all 
PDFs files come with  a watermark "preliminary 
version" (that will be removed the 17th).  HTMLs are clean.

The new publication is a book: it is not the 
standard type of publication in Carnets!  All 
chapters are in English, except for one that is bilingual: English and Spanish.

Book 3 [2009]: PaleoParks - The protection and conservation of
fossil sites worldwide [Paléo-Parcs - Sauvegarde et valorisation de
sites fossilifères à travers le monde], edited by Jere H. LIPPS & Bruno
R.C. GRANIER (special editors).- Reference: [CG2009_BOOK_03]
ISBN13: 978-2-916733-06-7

This special volume consists of invited contributions based on
presentations given at the three PaleoParks Workshops at the
International Geological Congress in Florence (2004) and Oslo (2008)
and the International Paleontological Congress in Beijing (2006).
For their interest, comments and advice about the PaleoParks initiative
the editors thank (in alphabetical order): R. Aldridge (Leicester, UK),
D. Harper (Copenhagen, Denmark), B. Lieberman (Lawrence, Kansas, USA),
and R. Maddocks (Houston, Texas, USA). PaleoParks is a special project
of the International Paleontological Association (URL:
<> under the direction of
J.H. Lipps (Berkeley, California, USA) as the IPA Delegate for
PaleoParks. Alain Coutelle (Brest, France) provided invaluable help for
the translation of the English abstracts into French.


  • Cover page
Format [HTML] or [PDF 422 KB]

  • Chapter 1. PaleoParks: Our paleontological heritage protected and
  conserved in the field worldwide, by Jere H. Lipps Format [HTML] or
  [PDF 1,013 KB], p. 1-10.

  • Chapter 2. The Triassic Guanling fossil Group - A key GeoPark
from Barren Mountain, Guizhou Province, China, by Xiaofeng Wang,
Xiaohong Chen, Chuanshang Wang & Long Cheng Format [HTML] or [PDF
5,376 KB], p. 11-28.

  • Chapter 3. The GeoPark of Haute-Provence, France - Geology and
palaeontology protected for sustainable development, by Jean-Simon
Pagès [HTML] or [PDF 2,478 KB], p. 29-34.

  • Chapter 4. The protection and use of the geological and
paleontological heritage in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by Javier
Gaitán Morán & Alejandro Álvarez Arellano
  • Capítulo 4. El resguardo y aprovechamiento del patrimonio
geológico y paleontológico en Baja California Sur, México, por
Javier Gaitán Morán & Alejandro Álvarez Arellano
[HTML] o [PDF 391 KB], p. 35-48.

  • Chapter 5. Protecting fossil sites in New Zealand, by Bruce W.
Hayward [HTML] or [PDF 548 KB], p. 49-64.

  • Chapter 6. The Salt Range: Pakistan's unique field museum of
geology and paleontology, by Shahid Jamil Sameeni HTML] or [PDF
1,454 KB], p. 65-73.

• Chapter 7. Paleontological parks and museums and prominent fossil
  sites in Thailand and their importance in the conservation of
fossils, by Nareerat Boonchai, Paul J. Grote & Pratueng Jintasakul
[HTML] or [PDF 7,448 KB], p. 75-95.

  • Chapter 8. Managing fossil resources at the Falls of the Ohio,
Indiana and Kentucky, USA: A fossil park in an urban setting, by
Alan Goldstein [HTML] or [PDF 259 KB], p. 97-101.

  • Chapter 9. Paleo-piracy endangers Vendian (Ediacaran) fossils in
the White Sea - Arkhangelsk region of Russia, by Mikhail A.
Fedonkin, Andrey Yu. Ivantsov, Maxim V. Leonov, Jere H. Lipps,
Ekaterina A. Serezhnikova, Eugeniy I. Malyutin & Yuriy V. Khan
[HTML] or [PDF 2,686 KB], p. 103-111.

  • Chapter 10. Copper Canyon track locality (Pliocene) conservation
strategies, Death Valley National Park, USA, by Torrey Nyborg [HTML]
  or [PDF 2,220 KB], p. 113-119.

  • Chapter 11. A possible Late Miocene fossil forest PaleoPark in
Hungary, by Géza Császár, Miklós Kázmér, Boglárka Erdei & Imre
Magyar [HTML] or [PDF 3,862 KB], p. 121-133.

Please take a look and let the IPA know what you 
think about the concept and publication on PaleoParks.

Best Wishes,


Jere H. Lipps, Professor of the Graduate School
Department of Integrative Biology #3160
Faculty Curator
Museum of Paleontology
University of California,
Berkeley, California 94720
jlipps at
Fax: 510-642-1822  
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