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Book Review: 101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See by Albert B Dickas.


A couple years ago, an author approached me about using my fossils in his book. Although this type of request is not uncommon, this author and his book stuck out. He was creating a "Fossil Sites" book, reminiscent of the classic, yet outdated, Jasper Burns "Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States" book. As I was talking with him and asking about details on his new book, I quickly realized he was writing a book that many people, including me, have been waiting for; a suitable replacement for the outdated Burns book.

Here is a bit of background on Jasper Burns' book. His book contains detailed information about dozens of fossil sites in the Mid-Atlantic states, including beautiful hand drawn sketches of fossils found at each site. It's a work of art and a cult classic in the realms of amateur paleontology. Unfortunately, the book is from the 90's, so many of the sites are no longer accessible and the book itself is getting more difficult to find.

Albert B Dickas' new book 101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See is a great update that not only encompasses the Mid-Atlantic states, but the entire United States, even Alaska and Hawaii. Although the beautiful hand drawings are not in his book, he fills the pages with detailed images of fossils from each site. Each site is broken into two pages. The first page has detailed information, including directions, GPS coordinates, formation information, tips, and many other details. The second page is dedicated to images of the site and the fossils found.

What I also like about this book is it doesn't just give fossil collecting sites; it gives information on interesting fossil "viewing" sites, such as dinosaur trackways, interesting museums, and active excavations, such as the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. This book is great for both beginning and expert fossil collectors. For beginners, it shows what can be found in any state and makes going out to find fossils very easy. Experts will find this book to be a great reference. Although I may be a little biased since a bunch of my images are peppered in it, I know I will use it when traveling to other states, just to see what cool museum or fossil site is there.


Below is a link to Amazon to view details of his book:

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See
By Albert B Dickas, 2018
This link will take you to the amazon page where you can see additional details and descriptions of the book.








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