Paleonet: Memoirs of an adventuresome paleontologist

Clair Ossian clastic at
Tue Jul 25 15:39:00 GMT 2017

If you have an Amazon Prime account, this book can be downloaded free!

Clair R. Ossian, PhD
Professor, Geology, Emeritus
Tarrant County College-NE
2805 Raintree Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006

-----Original Message-----
From: N. MacLeod <n.macleod9 at>
To: PaleoNet <PaleoNet at>
Sent: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 12:59 am
Subject: Paleonet: Memoirs of an adventuresome paleontologist

This just in. I note here that this is a self-published book by a prominent paleontologist. Although it’s being marketed by Amazon, Amazon isn’t making any money on book sales. I suspect this type of publication will become more popular in future and would welcome comments from PaleoNet subscribers regarding how they feel about announcements of such books being allowed on PaleoNet.


Norm MacLeod


As some of you know, my career with the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has been focused on Cenozoic marine mollusks of the Arctic and North Pacific oceans. Most of my thirty-plus years of summer fieldwork has taken place in remote parts of Alaska, as well as in the Canadian Arctic Islands and Kamchatka. Fieldwork and research in such remote and wild parts of the world gave me not only exciting scientific discoveries but also many hazardous adventures with grizzly bears and wolves, bush planes, perishing weather and challenging terrain. 

I recently published my memoirs to favorable reviews as “True North, Hunting Fossils Under the Midnight Sun.” It is available as a paperback or Kindle ebook on Amazon at:  I am grateful to have received favorable pre-publication reviews from Dave Bottjer at the University of Southern California, Jim Ingle at Stanford and Warren Allmon at the Paleontological Research Institution. An additional reviewer noted that “True North brings to mind the great science memoirs of Darwin, the transcendental writings of Thoreau, and the tales of Alaska and Everest told by Jon Krakauer. Read it and be transported!” 

I recount my major accomplishments, such as inferring the age of Bering Strait’s earliest opening, documenting middle Miocene climatic warming in the Arctic realm, and showing that Cretaceous marine mollusks in the Arctic Ocean survived well beyond the K/T extinction event that eliminated them elsewhere. The ever-present background, however, is the transcendently beautiful and dangerous Arctic that gave me so many adventures to recount, such as having to shoot a charging grizzly while collecting Miocene mollusks. My Arctic tales are accompanied by sixty field photos. 

 Happy reading!



Lou Marincovich, PhD

Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco


Professor Norman MacLeod
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
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Department of Earth Sciences, University College
London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Nanjing Institute of Geology & Palaeontology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 Beijing, Donglu, Nanjing, China

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