Plant Fossil Atlas from (Pennsylvanian) Carboniferous Age: Found in Central Appalachian Coalfields by Thomas McLoughlin

June 28, 2018

 I realized  that my daughter is fascinated with fossils during an entire family camping trip. Luckily, my brother knows a little about it and he was able to relay some information to her. Needless to say, she kind of went obsessed a little about it and keep asking me questions I couldn't answer. So then I decided to pick up this book and it didn't just help me answer my daugther's non-stop queries, it also made me engrossed with fossils myself.

Plant Fossil Atlas by Thomas Mcloughlin is a picture guide to fossil plants and a handful fossil marine organisms. The fossils are categorized by groups and the specimens sampling site environment are classified by coal seam horizon and geographic location. Concise rendition of each group of fossil types are supplied too for better understanding.

This volume has been map out with the amateur rock hound and also serves as an essential guide for the more pioneering and innovative collectors. One thing I really loved about it is that the classification of the different groups of plants were in simplest terms as possible. So this is absolutely perfect for beginners like me. The illustrations in this book are clear, detailed and self-explanatory. Truly, there's no denying that this is a must have for any fossil collector around the globe.

McLoughlin designed this book so eminently well that I'm sure it it will encourage even readers that are not fossil plant collectors. I believe that the goal of the author is to make people get acquainted of what plant fossils are in Virginia and show us how interesting and informative they can be. 

Friends, this book is awesome. I learned so much from this book. I was so impressed with it that I had my daughter read it and she loved it so much. There are things you just don’t know about until someone who is very fond of and very knowledgeable about it tells you. I highly recommend this book. I think it’s amazing and very educational.

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