By Edward J. Petuch
The Chesapeake Miocene will consistently be thought of a paleontological treasure. Given the richness and accessibility of the Maryland and Virginia Miocene shell beds, it kind of feels amazing that only a few humans have ever defined new species from those strata over the last 185 years. before. Integrating components from paleontology, geology, environmental technological know-how, and ecology, Molluscan Paleontology of the Chesapeake Miocene assembles past study and the authors’ adventure right into a synoptic box guide.
The so much entire compendium of Miocene species created due to the fact 1904, this long-awaited source lists approximately 500 species. It comprises illustrations of 260 species, together with greater than 60 no longer present in any past publication and 26 newly found. It describes Chesapeake molluscan faunas by way of neighborhood geology, paleoceanography, and marine paleobiology. prepared by means of stratigraphic geology, the publication covers fossils of the Eastover, St Mary’s, Choptank, and Calvert Formations. It illustrates 24 accumulating websites and fossil exposures, exhibiting information of in situ specimens, besides maps of four Miocene paleoseas and specific stratigraphic columns for Maryland and northerly Virginia. The textual content is followed via a CD-ROM with colour illustrations of the 40 identified species of ecphora shells. Armed with those, you have to be in a position to establish the species present in the amazingly wealthy shell beds of the Chesapeake Bay quarter.