Diving for fossils in rivers or from beaches is one of the most rewarding and least expensive specialty dives that exist. Florida's waters contain prehistoric remains that include saber cats and mammoths, along with the fossilized teeth of the 60-foot extinct great white shark. This book will give the certified diver in-depth information on permits and laws, equipment, and how, when and where to go fossil diving. It also provides information on cleaning, preserving and record keeping once fossils have been collected. Throughout the book, pictures of over 100 specimens are provided to assist in identifying fossil finds. Additional related books on locations, identification and fossils in general are reviewed and referenced. Furthermore, other options to diving for fossils are also presented. Included in the appendices are a glossary, equipment list, sample fossil index card catalog, Florida fossil permit application, Florida Isolated Artifacts Act, references for additional reading, and a list of Florida fossil clubs and associations.
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Dr. Robert Sinibaldi is an educator, the past president of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, and an avid fossil hunter.Review:
Whether you dive at 60 feet, snorkel at 2 feet or screen wash in an inch of water, Robert Sinibaldi's Fossil Diving is a wonderfully useful tool for those who want to explore underwater Florida to search for fossils. From watching weather patterns to determine the best time to hunt, to knowing which equipment will best do the job, or where the best places are and how to find them, as well as how to identify your finds, Sinibaldi covers it all. He stresses safe diving and keeping accurate notes, and encourages fossilers to be as passionate in their hunting ethics as they are in their pursuit of fossils. He also recognizes the need for a positive interaction between professional and amateur paleontologists so that all of us will benefit. Amateurs continue to be responsible for making a great many new fossil discoveries and as such are invaluable to the science of paleontology. Yet without the professional community to interpret the finds through laboratory analysis and then putting it all into the proper context, the amateur's find is just a neat-looking pile of bones. --Mark Renz
"This is an excellent book fully presenting the wonderful world of Florida fossil diving. As a professional I find it authentic and, what truly delights me, encouraging to and appreciative of the good interactions between amateurs and professionals developed here over some four decades." --S. David Webb, Ph.D., Curator of Fossil Vertebrates, Univ. of Fla.
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Book Description Sinibaldi, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110965701050