Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Fossil Book by Gary and Mary Parker

book cover

The Fossil Book
by Gary and Mary Parker

ISBN-13: 978-0-89051-438-2
Hardback: 80 pages
Publisher: Master Books
Released: 2006, 2007

Source: Local Christian bookstore.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Fossils have fascinated humans for centuries. From the smallest diatoms to the largest dinosaurs, finding a fossil is an exciting and rewarding experience. But where did they come from, and how long have they been around? These and many other questions are answered in this remarkable book.

The Fossil Book will teach you about:
  • How fossils are formed.
  • How to start your own fossil collection.
  • What kinds of fossils can be commonly found.
  • The age of fossils.
  • The different kinds of rocks fossils are found in coal and oil formation.
  • The Geologic Column Diagram.
  • How scientists find and preserve fossils.
  • How to identify kinds of fossils.
  • How the flood affected fossil formation.
  • The difference between evolutionists’ and creationists’ views on fossils.

Learning about fossils, their origins, and how to collect them can be both fun and educational. The abundance of both marine and land fossils and the locations they are found in is a fascinating subject for students of all ages and has been studied by scientists and laypersons alike for many years. Learn what all the excitement is about!

My Review:
The Fossil Book is a nonfiction book about fossil formation, types, and collection. The authors assumed they had a Christian audience, but they still gave solid, respectful reasons for why they believe Flood Geology is the better explanation for how most fossils were formed. They clearly explained each topic and defined the few scientific terms in the text (though there's also a glossary in the back). The book is suitable for 10- or 11-year-olds on up.

There were full color pictures and illustrations. In the back, there's a 12 by 24 inch pull-out full-color poster with pictures from the book. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to children and adults who are interested in fossils and fossil hunting.

Chapter One explained what a fossil is, what rocks they're found in, how they're formed, and the types of fossils (including fossil fuels). Chapter Two explained what the Geologic Column is and compared Evolutionist and Flood Geologist interpretations of fossils. Chapter Three briefly covered the problems with the evolutionary interpretation of fossils and why the evidence better fits the Flood Geologist explanation. It then discussed the Grand Canyon's formation and rock layers.

Chapter Four covered invertebrate fossils. Chapter Five covered vertebrate fossils and discussed intermediate fossils and fossil sequences. The final section described how to do fossil hunting and collection (where to look, permits needed, tools used, and how to collect, store, and display them).

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Read an excerpt from The Fossil Book.

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