Fossiling in Florida A
Guide for Diggers and Divers
by Mark Renz
boundless enthusiasm, Mark Renz stumbles onto the skeletal remains of
fierce saber-toothed cats, gentle sea cows, massive mammoths and mastodons,
Volkswagen-size armadillos, and an ancient 5-ton giant ground sloth, and
then shares these experiences in a humorous, illustrated book for beginning
Want to look for fossils yourself but not sure how to get started?
Renz tells how and where to hunt and how to preserve your finds for another
million years, and he provides more than 250
photographs that help you to identify those bones and teeth and distinguish
a prehistoric bison from a farmer's lost cow. He also provides information
about whats there to be found, the hurdles
and hazards to be overcome, and the legalities to be observed. Guided
by an appreciation for the professional paleontologist and also for the
laws that regulate his hobby, Renz explains, for
example, why it is okay to dig for fossils in a state-owned creek bed
(providing one possesses a state permit and does not dig in a state park),
and why it is illegal to engage in the same activity in search
With writing that's free of technical jargon but full of love for fossiling,
this illustrated book will inspire you to explore the huge number of rich
fossil deposits in Florida that can be found with
just a shovel and a keen eye.
Mark Renz, writer and amateur paleontologist, has taught continuing
education classes geared for beginner fossil collectors at Edison Community
College in Fort Myers and leads
fossil-finding expeditions in southwest Florida. He is the publisher of
"Fossil Expeditions," a bimonthly newsletter for readers throughout
the United States (and also the name of his guide service), and was the
first president of the Paleontological Society of Lee County, Florida.
He lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
208pp. 6 X 9. 2 maps, 250 b&w photos, 23 illustrations, further readings,
list of clubs in Florida.
ISBN 0-8130-1677-0 Paper, $19.95