Palaeoecology: Ecosystems, Environments, and Evolution, P.J. Brenchley and D.A.T. Harper, 1997, Stanley Thornes, Ltd., London, 230 p. (Softcover, $30.00) ISBN: 0-412-43450-4.

Textbook authors are faced with a nearly impossible task. They must present an up-to-date summary of the essential elements of their subject. They must discuss topics in enough depth and detail to make sense, yet concisely in order to keep the book at a reasonable length. Finally, they must reach two very different and hard-to-please audiences, teachers and students. Despite this immense challenge, Brenchley and Harper have succeeded in writing a comprehensive and easy-to-read textbook of paleoecology that is...

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