Paleonet: Devonian Fossils of New York

Paula M. Mikkelsen pmm37 at
Wed Sep 3 15:14:57 GMT 2014

PRI is pleased to announce publication of "Field Guide to the Devonian Fossils of New York," by Karl A. Wilson (PRI Publications, August 2014, ISBN 978-0-87710-5-060, 260 pp, spiral bound softcover, $18.00 retail).

The fossils in the Devonian rocks of New York have attracted the attention of serious and casual collectors for nearly 200 years. Although a large body of literature has been devoted to these fossils, most of this is not readily accessible to the non-professional fossil enthusiast. This volume, combining the best of modern paleontology with the classic illustrations of James Hall, John Clarke, Amadeus Grabau, and Winifred Goldring, fills that need. In all, 408 taxa are covered, spanning the rich taxonomic breadth of New York's Devonian strata. The author, Karl Wilson, is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University (a biochemist by profession) and a life-long enthusiast of natural history, especially the Devonian fossils of New York.

"This is a welcome replacement for the ever-popular and out of print Devonian Paleontology of New York (PRI, 1994) by David Linsley. The historical notes on early New York Devonian paleontologists are an interesting read and the section on facies-while short-gives useful background. An aspect that I particularly like is the brief summaries of diagnostic/typical features of each species; these are quite helpful for those who want to dig a bit more deeply into what makes taxa distinctive beyond the gestalt appearance. A great many amateurs, students, and professionals will find this a highly useful sourcebook." - Carlton E. Brett, Professor of Geology, University of Cincinnati

Copies are available locally at the Museum of the Earth, the Cayuga Nature Center, and selected bookstores. You can order from anywhere on our online bookstore<>, and at<> (be sure to buy from Amazon Smile, and choose PRI as your designated charity).

Paula M. Mikkelsen, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science and Director of Publications
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Paleontological Research Institution
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