"Australia boasts some of the world's most valuable fossil treasures, such as the approximately 600-million-year-old Ediacaran fauna of South Australia that records some of the oldest evidence for complex, multicellular life. The Australian Heritage Council has produced a colorful, insightful catalog of the country's key fossil sites. The new guide provides a general inventory of Australia's palentological heritage by summarizing the scientific significance and history of discovery of over 75 of the nation's most impressive fossil locales. The book is part reference tome, part tourism brochure. It is arragned geographically, with ten or more fossil sites listed for each state. Each site is described in brief detail and includes references to the most important scientific work, photographs of important fossils, and in some cases, breathtaking artistic renderings of what the ancient ecosystem in question may have looked like. These paintings, by noted Australian paleoartist Peter Schouten, set this book apart from other regional fossil catalogs. Although not an exhaustive encyclopedia, this book is the best general summary of Australian palentology available and is a useful resource for interested readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Palentology collections serving academic students of all levels, scientists, policy makers, and the general public."