General Books on the Fossil Record and Evolution

  • Allmon, W., 2009, Evolution & creationism: A very short guide. Paleontological Research Institution: Ithaca, NY.
  • Benton, M. J., 2008, The history of life: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.
  • Fenton, C. L., & Fenton, M. A., 1958, The fossil book: a record of prehistoric life (1st ed.). Doubleday: Garden City, NY. (a well-illustrated classic)
  • Fortey, R. A., 1998, Life: a natural history of the first four billion years of life on Earth. Alfred A. Knopf: New York.
  • Knoll, A. H., 2003, Life on a young planet: the first three billion years of evolution on Earth. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.
  • Switek, B.,2010, Written in stone: evolution, the fossil record, and our place in nature. Bellevue Literary Press: New York.
  • Thomson, K. S., 2005, Fossils: a very short introduction. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Fossils of Specific Areas

  • Anderson, W.I., 1998, Iowa’s geological past: Three billion years of change. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 440 p.
  • Feldmann, R.M., ed., 1995, Fossils of Ohio. Ohio Geological Survey Bulletin 70, 577 p. Hagadorn, J.W., R.H. Dott, and D. Damrow, 2002, Stranded on an Upper Cambrian shoreline: Medusae from central Wisconsin. Geology, 30: 147-150.
  • Han, T. M., and Runnegar, B., 1992, Megascopic eukaryotic algae from the 2.1-billion-year-old Negaunee iron-formation, Michigan. Science, 257: 232–235.
  • Holland , S., 2013, The Stratigraphy and Fossils of the Upper Ordovician near Cincinnati, Ohio. In: University of Georgia Stratigraphy Lab
  • Holman, J.A., 2001, In quest of Great Lakes Ice Age vertebrates. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, 230 p.
  • Kesling, R.V. and Chilman, R.B., 1975, Strata and megafossils of the Middle Devonian Silica Formation. University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology Papers on Paleontology No. 8, 408 p.
  • Kchodl, J.J. and Chase, R., 2006, The complete guide to Michigan fossils. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, and Petoskey Publishing Co., Traverse City, 109 p.
  • Meyer, D., and Davis, R.A., 2009, A sea without fish. Life in the Ordovician sea of the Cincinnati region. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 346 p.
  • Mueller, B., and Wilde, W. H.,2004, The complete guide to Petoskey stones. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.
  • Nehm, R.H., Bemis, B.E., 2002, Common Paleozoic Fossils of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey , Educational Series 45, 25 p.
  • Phillips, T.L., Avcin, M.J., Berggren, D., 1976, Fossil peat of the Illinois Basin: A guide to the study of coal balls of Pennsylvanian age. Illinois State Geological Survey, 39 p. Rose, J.N., 1967, Fossils and rocks of eastern Iowa. A half-billion years of Iowa history. Iowa Geological Survey, Educational Series 1, 147 p.
  • Shabica, C.W., and Hay, A.A. (eds.), 1997, Richardson’s guide to the fossil fauna of Mazon Creek. Northeastern Illinois University Press: Chicago, 308 p.
  • Sloan, R., 2005, Minnesota fossils and fossiliferous rocks. Published by the author, Winona, MN, 218 p.
  • Wittry, J., 2012, The Mazon Creek fossil fauna. Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, in association with Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 202 p.
  • Wolf, R., 1983, Fossils of Iowa: Field guide to Paleozoic deposits. Iowa State University Press: Ames, 212 p.

Guides to Collecting and Identifying Fossils

  • Arduini, P., Teruzzi, G., & Horenstein, S. S., 1986, Simon & Schuster’s guide to fossils. Simon and Schuster: New York.
  • Garcia, F. A., & Miller, D. S., 1998, Discovering fossils how to find and identify remains of the prehistoric past. Stackpole Books: Mechanicsburg, PA.
  • Lichter, G., 1993, Fossil collector’s handbook: finding, identifying, preparing, displaying. Sterling Publishing Co.: New York.
  • Macdonald, J. R., 1983, The fossil collector’s handbook: a paleontology field guide. Prentice- Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
  • Murray, M., 1967, Hunting for Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Collecting Fossils in All Fifty States, The Macmillan Company: Toronto, Canada.
  • Parker, S., 1990, The Practical Paleontologist. A Step-by-step guide to finding, studying, and interpreting fossils. Simon and Schuster: New York.
  • Parker, S., 2007, Fossil Hunting: An Expert Guide to Finding, and Identifying Fossils and Creating a Collection. Southwater: London Lanham, MD.
  • Ransom, J. E., 1964, Fossils in America: Their nature, origin, identification and classification and a range guide to collecting sites, Harper and Row, Publishers: New York.
  • Thompson, I., 1982, The Audubon Society field guide to North American fossils. Knopf: New York.
  • Walker, C., Ward, D. & Keates, C., 2009, Smithsonian Handbook of Fossils. Dorling Kindersley Coven Garden Books: New York.