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Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record

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This is the paperback edition of the great pop-paleontology book with the fabulous art that inspired a show that toured the nation's natural history museums. In its own way it has inspired many people to take a new look at the fossil record and imagine creatures and things as they might have beena blend of word and image unlike any other.


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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Ten Speed Press
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Diane
Nov 02, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
I've spent a good portion of this year Dancing to the Fossil Record! After exploring the lives of Mary Anning and William Smith, I finally dove into Matsen and Troll's Planet Ocean. Truth be told, I became a Ray Troll fan in the late 90's when we visited the Newport Bay Aquarium in Oregon and experienced the Planet Ocean exhibit. By the next year, the exhibit came to Denver! We went to the opening of this exhibit and got to meet Ray Troll and Brad Matsen as my Planet Ocean book can now attest - ...more
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Jul 08, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
In a format that seems very much the precursor to "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway" by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll, this book takes you on a fossil finding road trip from the Burgess Shale in Canada, BC then to the Smithsonian and back through Kansas. Certainly, though the biggest trip is through the collective heads of Matsen and Troll, whose historical fictional accounts of swimming with the mosasaurs in the midwest gives scale to fright and flight. Troll's drawing as always are inspirational and w ...more
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May 08, 2012 Terry Mulcahy rated it really liked it
Fascinating to read, and the illustrations are colorful, detailed and lively. It is a fun look at the history of our planet's ancient lifeforms.
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I really like this artist and his view of the prehistoric world.
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Brad Matsen has been writing about wonders of the sea for forty years. He is the author of Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King; Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006; the New York Times bestseller Titanic's Last Secrets; Planet Ocean: A Story of Life in the Sea; and Dancing to the Fossil Record with artist Ray Troll; the award-winn ...more
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