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Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey

Discovering Fossil Fishes

by John G. Maisey

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This is an excellent introduction to the history of fishes. The volume is well-illustrated. It has a glossary and is indexed ( )
  T.Rex | Nov 2, 2010 |
Fish fossils, actually fossils of any kind, are fascinating. This is a nice assortment. While the author and I probably agree on how cool these fossilized fish are, he probably would take issue with my belief that these fish were buried in the world-wide flood as described in Genesis. But that doesn't stop me from thinking that this is still a neat book, textual errors aside. ( )
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John Maisey is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, behind whose monumental facade seethes a hotbed of revolution in the science of classification. The shake-up is cladistics, a movement that began with studies of insects and fish and is gradually sweeping through all of biology. Maisey's book gives a clear overview of the evolution of fishes and their descendents (which includes people) from a mind-broadening perspective. The downside of cladistics is a forest of terminology, but anyone who can master the nomenclature of a children's dinosaur book should get even more out of this illuminating work.

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