Fossil Crinoids, Hans Hess, William I. Ausich, Carlton E. Brett, and Michael J. Simms (Editors), 1999, Cambridge University Press, New York, 275 p. (Hardcover, $74.95) ISBN: 0-521-45024-1.

Crinoids are beautiful, complex, and intriguing organisms with an important geologic history. Yet they are hardly known by the general public and are poorly understood by geologists and paleontologists who study other groups. As the first trade book written by specialists and devoted exclusively to crinoids, this contribution fills a notable void in the available literature. I was unable to find a specific statement of purpose or intended audience, but an opening note...

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