Neale Monks and Philip Palmer, 2002, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., in association with The Natural History Museum, London, 159 p. (Softcover, $24.95) ISBN: 1-58834-047-3.

“The present is the key to the past.” Every introductory geology student learns to recite this uniformitarian mantra, which is one of the great methodological statements of historical science. The Living Past Series, produced by the Natural History Museum (London) in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, is a fledgling attempt to publish fossil books for students, amateur collectors, and professional paleontologists that center on this concept. The series draws on Natural History Museum staff to...

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