Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads

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NOTE: This book is SOLD OUT. 176 pages with 430 full color photographs of some of the most beautiful fossil specimens in existence. Chapters include Paleobotany, Geology, Mineralogy, and Collecting Petrified Materials. Hundreds of specimens from private collections are for the first time available for public view.

Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads presents photographs of fossil specimens from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Turkey, and Zimbabwe, and from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming in the United States.

Photographs include a variety of types and genera of wood, including Araucaria, Woodworthia, Schilderia, Pentoxylon, Hermanophyton, oak, maple, tamarack, and Ginkgo; cones of Araucaria, Pararaucaria, Cycadeoidea, and Sequoia; and the ferns Tietea singularis, Tempskya, and Osmundacaulis.

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Petrified wood from the United States resides in museums worldwide, yet most Americans know little about the subject. I wanted to publish a book that would present photographs of some of the world's most beautiful and interesting specimens and also explain how these miraculous fossils form in such a vast array of colors and mineralization. Over the past several years I traveled thousands of miles and shot more than 7,500 photographs to produce this book. I also spent many late evening hours researching. The book's editors are recognized experts in their fields. Dr. Brooks Britt is Curator for Paleontology at The Museum of Western Colorado and Mr. Dayvault is a professional geologist with a long-standing involvement in the study of western minerals and fossils.

I hope that the quality of materials and construction are readily apparent. The paper is 100# glossy bond. While most mineral and fossil books have only small sections printed in full color, this book is 100% full color. The large format (the pages are 9" by 12") is well justified by the size of the photographs. We wasted no space in producing this book. Details such as the full color, printed end sheets are expensive additions, but well worth it in my opinion. Please remove the dust jacket to view the gold embossed design on the hard cover. Printing and binding the book entirely in the USA was also an expense with clearly visible dividends. Since the printing was done in my hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado, I could monitor every step of the process. The photographs were all shot on a fine grain, slow speed professional film (Fuji Velvia, rated at ISO 40) without the use of color-enhancing filters other than a polarizer. We spent many hours color correcting to ensure that the pictures in the book match the colors in the original transparencies.

I hope you will agree with me that this book fills a void. Get on the Internet at www.amazon.com and search for petrified wood - of 2,500,000 titles available none were available on petrified wood until now. Check the library of Congress or any other library system catalog with the same results. You will find some textbooks on paleobotany that address petrified materials in technical, dry terms, and you will see a few books about Petrified Forest National Park and similar places, but you will not find a book like this. That is why I wrote it.

About the Author:

Frank J. Daniels holds a degree in History from the University of Denver and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as the elected District Attorney for Colorado's 21st Judicial District in Western Colorado and is a member and immediate past president of the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club.

Brooks B. Britt was Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Western Colorado. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous dinosaurs are his primary field of research.

Richard D. Dayvault earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from East Carolina University, is a registered geologist, and is involved professionally in environmental remedial action work. Mr. Dayvault has been a consulting editor for Rocks and Minerals magazine for 25 years and has authored numerous papers on the geology and paleontology of Western Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. He is a member of the Grand Junction Geological Society, the Uncompahgre Plateau Paleontology Society, Friends of Mineralogy, and the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club.

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