Remnants of Ancient Life review: Explore the palaeobiology revolution

Dale Greenwalt’s book is a gripping look at palaeobiology, a field achieving incredible insights into ancient life on Earth


11 January 2023

The palaeontology collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

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Remnants of Ancient Life

Dale Greenwalt (Princeton University Press)

WHAT is a fossil made of? Mineralised rocky fossils are what first spring to mind, but others, like the fossils of the Burgess Shale in Canada, are made of pure carbon and can be thought of as proto-coal. There are also tantalising Cretaceous insects preserved in amber.

Whatever they are made of, fossils contain treasures. The first really good microscopic study of mineralised dinosaur bone was able to reveal its …

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