Julie's Reviews > Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record

Planet Ocean by Bradford Matsen
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Jul 08, 2009

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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 whimsical, with the various quotes and asides to the text and drawings at least as much fun as the narrative.

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