High-Resolution Approaches in Stratigraphic Paleontology (Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 21). Peter J. Harries (ed.). 2003. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 474 p. (cloth), plus CD-ROM. ISBN 1-402-01443-0.
The aim of stratigraphy is simple: to reconstruct conditions and events through time. As such, it lies at the heart of the paleontological enterprise, whose aim is to understand the history of life recorded in the fossil record. As paleontologists, we rely on stratigraphy to provide a temporal and environmental framework for the organisms we study. In addition, we augment stratigraphy by contributing the critical biotic component of earth history.