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Cretaceous Fossils of South-Central Africa

An Illustrated Guide, 1st Edition

By Michael Robert Cooper

CRC Press

164 pages

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Description

This book serves as an introduction to the Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of south-central Africa, covering the whole of Southern and Eastern Africa and Angola. Fifty two plates illustrate almost 1000 species and provide a field guide to the macrofossils of the subcontinent. The book will be of value to field geologists, students and non-specialists with an interest in the natural world. A bibliography of the Cretaceous palaeontology and stratigraphy of the subcontinent is provided.

Features:

  • Provides a concise account of the Cretaceous geology for 13 African regions
  • Includes beautiful illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography
  • Fossils are presented in stratigraphical order, allowing easy determination of the age deposits.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Eustasy

    Milankovitch cycles

    The break-up of Gondwana

    Vicariance

    The terminal Cretaceous extinction event

    Regional Geology

    Namibia

    Northern Cape

    Western Cape

    Lesotho

    Swaziland

    Eastern Cape

    KwaZulu-Natal

    Moçambique

    Zimbabwe

    Angola

    Malawi

    Zambia

    Tanzania

    References

    Illustrations of Cretaceous fossils

    About the Author

    Michael Cooper has a D. Phil. from Oxford University where he was a Wolfson Scholar, and is Honorary Curator of Palaeontology at the Durban Natural Science Museum, as well as an Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has studied the Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of south-central Africa for almost 50 years, concerned mainly with the biostratigraphy, evolution and classification of the molluscan faunas (ammonites, bivalves) and echinoids. He has published over 120 scientific articles on these subjects, his research involving fieldwork in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCI019000
    SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
    SCI027000
    SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
    SCI031000
    SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology