Reviews of Magazines and other dinosaur and prehistoric animal publications.
A Review of Issue 36 (Winter 2013/14) of Deposits Magazine
The latest edition of “Deposits” magazine arrived at Everything Dinosaur the other day and what a jam-packed edition it is. In the previous issue there was an article all about Pliocene micro-fossils and a beautiful image of the foraminifera Polystomiella vuispa, can be seen on the front cover.
Inside, there is an eclectic mix of articles on fossils, geology and palaeontology from a number of international contributors. For example, there is a brief feature summarising the latest research into Late Cretaceous Elasmosaurid fossils from Morocco and the preceding pages detail a successful fossil hunting trip to Abereiddy Bay (Pembrokeshire, Wales) to study those enigmatic, bizarre graptolites. Graptolites are/were (see below) a group of tiny animals that lived in colonies and built minute tubular homes for themselves. Graptolite fossils look like pencil markings or saw-blades preserved in strata and a number of species are important in helping to identify geological biozones. If you thought that the graptolites were extinct then this article is worth reading as it proposes a link between Graptolites and extant Pterobranchs.
Deposits Magazine Issue 36
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
Geologists will get their kicks from a very informative article from Dr. Trevor Watts and his trip to Iceland to journey down the emptied-out magma chamber of a volcano. For those of us who stay closer to home there is an article all about classifying Ammonites as well as a super article all about Doncaster (South Yorkshire) and this part of Yorkshire’s hidden treasures in terms of geology and palaeontology. Lots of fossil finds, a number of news snippets and an update on a series of articles on how the tropics drives speciation. All in all, this magazine makes a wonderful read, and with the dark nights and long days in the Everything Dinosaur offices, it is a welcome magazine, one that will help us plan a few fossil hunting excursions of our own.