Principles of Paleontology (third edition). Michael Foote and Arnold I. Miller. W. H. Freeman, San Francisco. 2007. 480 pages. Cloth $97.00.

In the first editions of Principles of Paleontology, Raup and Stanley produced a new kind of paleontology text, evidently a “leader” among texts, according to the classification Raup provides in the forward to the new edition. Foote and Miller's choice to revise that book, rather than attempt to replace it, fittingly reflects both the new edition's approach and content, and its homage to its predecessor. The challenge that Foote and Miller faced, as Raup articulated in the forward,...

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