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This invaluable reference work provides a unique synthesis of the major fields of palaeobiology. Published in collaboration with the Palaeontological Association, the book has drawn on a distinguished international team of authors to provide an authoritative and up-to-date sourcebook for the modern science of palaeobiology. All the main concepts are clearly discussed and well-illustrated with an approach quite distinct from that of previous books on the subject. The book demonstrates how palaeontological and palaeobiological studies are at the heart of a host of scientific themes ranging from evolutionary biology, plate tectonics, to a direct use in the search for oil. Over 120 concise and authoritative articles provide reviews of major topics of importance in this field. This volume is not intended as a systematic treatment of the various groups of fossil organisms - this is covered in other books. This major work will, however, prove invaluable as a sourcebook to the subject for researchers and students alike.
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