Additional Reading

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Children’s Books

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution

    • by Jonathan Tweet (Author) and Karen Lewis (Illustrator), 2016, Feiwel & Friends, 40 pages.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books 2018

National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books 2017

Children’s Book Council (CBC) & NSTA’s Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Paleontological Research Institution’s Daring to Dig: Adventures of Women in American Paleontology by Beth Stricker (author) and Alana McGillis (illustrator), 2017, 36 pages.

10 Books About Coding to Inspire Girls to Lead the Next Tech Revolution by Laura Lambert for kids ranging from ages of 8-12.

What is Erosion? by Frances Nagle, Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP. 32 pages.

Geologic Time

In Search of Deep Time, Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life by Henry Gee, 1999, Free Press, 267 pages.

Measuring Eternity: The Search for the Beginning of Time by Martin Gorst, 2001, Broadway Books, 338 pages.

Bursting the Limits of Time, The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution by Martin J. S. Rudwick, 2005 University of Chicago Press, 708 pages

Worlds before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform by Martin Rudwick, 2008, University of Chicago Press, 614 pages.

Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters by Martin Rudwick, 2014, University of Chicago Press, 360 pages.

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World by Marcia Bjornerud, 2018, Princeton University Press, 208 pages.


Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    • by Stephen J. Gould, 1990, 352 pages.

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen J. Gould, 1996, 448 pages.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin, 2009, 256 pages.

The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin, 2013, 240 pages.

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters  by Donald R. Prothero, 2007, Columbia University Press, 381 pages.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful, The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom by Sean B. Carroll, 2005, W. W. Norton, 350 pages.

The Crucible of Creation, the Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals by Simon Conway Morris, 1998, Oxford University Press, 242 pages.

Life, A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey, 1999, Alfred A. Knopf, 346 pages.

Life On A Young Planet, The First Three Billion Years Of Evolution On Earth by Andrew H. Knoll, 2003, Princeton University Press, 275 pages.

The Making Of The Fittest, Dna And The Ultimate Forensic Record Of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll, 2006, W. W. Norton, 2006, 301 pages.

Rare Earth, Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee, 2000, Copernicus, 333 pages.

Reinventing Darwin: The Great Debate at the High Table of Evolutionary Theory by Niles Eldredge, 1995, John Wiley & Sons, 244 pages.

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species by Sean B. Carroll, 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 331 pages.

The Rise of Animals: Evolution and Diversification of the Kingdom Animalia by Mikhail A, Fedonkin, James G. Gehling, Kathleen Grey, Guy M. Narbonne, Patricia Vickers-Rich, 2007, The John Hopkins University Press, 326 pages.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins, 2009, Free Press, 470 pages.

Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne, 2010, Oxford University Press, 209 pages.

The Evidence For Evolution by Alan R. Rogers, 2011, University of Chicago Press, 128 pages.


Flying Dinosaurs How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds 

    • by John Pickrell, 2014, Columbia University Press, 215 pages.

Dinosaurs- The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops by Keiron Pim and Jack Horner, 2016, The Experiment, 352 pages.

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures by Dougal Dixon, 2014, Southwater, 512 pages.

Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs by Jack Horner and James Gorman, 1990, Perennial Library, 210 pages.

The Life of a Fossil Hunter by Charles H. Sternberg, 2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 200 pages.

Unearthing the Dragon by Mark Norell and Mick Ellison, 2005, Pi Press, 224 pages.

Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara, 2017, Simon & Schuster, 192 pages.


Dinosaurs Without Bones 

    • by Anthony J. Martin, Pegasus Books, 368 pages.

The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet by Anthony J. Martin, 2017, Pegasus Books, 400 pages.


Sudden Origins, Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species by Jeffrey H. Schwartz, 1999, John Wiley and Sons, 420 pages.

Cradle of Life: The Discovery of the Earth’s Earliest Fossils by J. William Schopf, 1999, Princeton University Press, 367 pages.

A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries About Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth by Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink, 2015, Bloomsbury Press, 391 pages.

Plate Tectonics

Vanished Ocean: How Tethys Reshaped the Worldby Dorrick Stow, 2010, Oxford University Press, 300 pages.

History of Paleontology

The Meaning of Fossils: Episodes in the History of Palaeontology by Martin Rudwick, 2nd ed, 1976, Science History Publications division of Neale Watson Academic Publications, 287 pages. The first edition was originally printed in 1972.


Methuselah’s Trail, Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions by Peter D Ward, 1992, W. H. Freeman Company, 212 pages.

The End of the Dinosaurs, Chicxulub Crater and Mass Extinctions by Charles Frankel, 1999, Cambridge University Press, 223 pages.

The Call of Distant Mammoths – Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared by Peter D. Ward, Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, 241 pages.

The Miner’s Canary subtitled Unraveling the Mysteries of Extinction by Niles Eldredge, 1991, Prentice Hall, 229 pages.

T. rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez, 1997, Princeton University Press, 208 pages.

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time by Michael Benton, 2008, Thames and Hudson, 336 pages.

The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth survived Eighty Million Years of Extinction by Paul Wignall, 2016, Princeton University Press, 224 pages.

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen, 2018, Ecco, 336 pages.


The Fossils of the Hunsrück Slate, Marine Life in the Devonian by Christopher Bartels, Derek E. G. Briggs, University of Bristol, and Günter Brassel, 1998, Cambridge University Press, Number 3 in the Cambridge Paleobiology Series, 309 pages.

Exceptional Fossil Preservation – A Unique View on the Evolution of Marine Life by David J Bottjer, Walter Etter, James W. Hagadorn, and Carol M. Tang, eds., 2002, Columbia University Press, 403 pages.

Solnhofen: A Study in Mesozoic Palaeontology by Barthel, Swinburne, and Conway Morris, 1990, Cambridge University Press, 236 pages.


The Fossil Trail: How we Know What we Think we Know About Human Evolution by Ian Tattersall,1995, Oxford University Press, 276 pages.

The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, and Mysterious Extinction of Our Closest Human Relatives by Ian Tattersall,1995, Macmillan for The American Museum of Natural History, 208 pages.

Men among the Mammoths, Victorian Science and the Discovery of Human Prehistory by A. Bowdoin Van Riper,1993, The University of Chicago Press, 267 pages.

The Neandertal Enigma – Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins by James Shreeve, 1995, William Morrow and Company, 369 pages.

The Neandertals by Erik Trinkaus and Pat Shipman, 1993, Alfred A. Knopf, 454 pages.

Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins by Paul Jordan, 1999, Sutton Publishing, 239 pages.

Piltdown Man, The Secret Life of Charles Dawson & the World’s Greatest Archaeological Hoax by Miles Russell, 2003, Tempus, 288 pages.

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution by Ian Tattersall, 2015,
Oxford University Press, 244 pages.

Almost Human by Lee Berger and John Hawks, 2017, National Geographic, 237 pages.

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Pääbo, 2014, Basic Books, 275 pages.

The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died and We Survived by Clive Finlayson, 2009, Oxford University Press, 273 pages.


Interpreting the Stratigraphic Record by Donald R. Prothero, 1990, W. H. Freeman & Company, 410 pages.

Basin and Range by John McPhee, 1981, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 240 pages.

In Suspect Terrain by John McPhee, 1984, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 224 pages.

Rising from the Plains by John McPhee, 1987, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 208 pages.

Assembling California by John McPhee, 1994, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 304 pages.

The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record by Derek V. Ager, 1993, Wiley, 166 pages.

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology by Simon Winchester, 2009, Harper Perennial, 368 pages.

Bretz’s Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World’s Greatest Flood by John Soennichsen, 2008, Random House Incorporated, 289 pages.

The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David R. Montgomery, 2013, 302 pages.

Paleontology Methods

Time Machines, Scientific Explorations in Deep Time by Peter D Ward, 1998, Copernicus, 241 pages.

Trace Fossil Analysis by Adolf Seilacher,2007, Springer, 226 pages.

Stratigraphic Paleobiology: Understanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space by Mark E. Patzkowky and Steven M. Holland, 2012, University of Chicago Press, 256 pages.

Quantitative Methods in Paleobiology edited by John Alroy and Gene Hunt, The Paleontological Society Papers Volume 16, 316 pages.

Women in Science

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

    by Rachel Ignotofsky, 2016, Ten Speed Press, 128 pages.