A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils
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A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils

Bob Gale, Pam Gale and Ashby Gale

Photographs by Ashby Gale

Foreword by Rudy Mancke

Title Details

Pages: 544

Illustrations: 1,253 color photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 12/15/2020

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5732-4

List Price: $30.95

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Published with the generous support of Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books

A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils

Bob Gale, Pam Gale and Ashby Gale

Photographs by Ashby Gale

Foreword by Rudy Mancke

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Compiled from decades of visiting beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts collecting fossils and conducting extensive research, A Beachcomber’s Guide to Fossils is the definitive guide for amateur collectors and professionals interested in learning more about the deep history they tread on during their vacations. Authored by Bob, Pam, and Ashby Gale, this guide offers over twelve hundred high-quality color photographs and detailed descriptions of more than three hundred fossil specimens found on beaches from Texas, east to Florida, and north to New Jersey.

The book includes descriptions and identifying information for the fossil remains of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish. Because the tides provide a new beach to explore every day, and beachcombers need immediate comparison for identification, the Beachcomber’s Guide is essential for quick and easy reference. And while the seemingly infinite varieties of shark teeth form much of what beachcombers find on their sandy strolls, this guide also illuminates the fossilized remains of species that walked in a different world. From glyptodonts (a giant, prehistoric armadillo) and giant sloths to the intricately patterned remains of the ancestors of manta rays and pufferfish, this book not only teaches its readers not only what treasures to look for but how to look for them.

Having hunted prehistoric sharks for over twenty years around the country and especially on the east coast, I’ve never found such a clear, concise, complete reference for finding and identifying fossilized teeth. Chock full of color photographs designed for the spotter, this guide will improve the eye of a collector at any experience level.

—Keith Cowley, curator, Living Sharks Museum

About the Author/Editor

Bob Gale (Author)
BOB GALE is the Ecologist and Public Lands Director for MountainTrue, an environmental nonprofit organization in the mountain region of North Carolina. He spent fifteen years as a nature photojournalist, and his articles on forest, river, beach, and saltmarsh ecology, as well as paleontology, have appeared in South Carolina Wildlife, American Forests, Islander, and other publications. He also authored the natural history sections for the Highroad Guide to the North Carolina Mountains.

Pam Gale (Author)
PAM GALE, a working professional artist, taught art for many years in elementary schools in the Carolinas. She is the founder of Kreation Station, an art instruction studio on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She also founded and runs Majik Studios, LLC, in Asheville, North Carolina, a teaching studio of professional artists, from which she produces her own art and illustrations.

Ashby Gale (Author, Photographer)
ASHBY GALE is a paleontologist and the principal of Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina. He previously served as an interpretive ranger and a program specialist at Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina, where he became the park’s authority on coastal paleontology, adding to its fossil exhibits and designs. He has authored multiple articles for Explore Edisto magazine and provided photographs for their natural history segments.