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Common Fossil Plants of Western North America

by William D. Tidwell
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 1998. 302 pages.

First published in 1975, the revised second edition of Common Fossil Plants of Western North America added 79 new genera and over 350 illustrations (bringing the total to over 800). For anyone interested in hunting and identifying fossil plants, especially west of the Mississippi, Tidwell's reference is simply a necessity. The reviewer for Plant Science Bulletin describes it as "an absolute must for all paleobotanists and botanical libraries (even if you already have the first edition), for all amateur collectors of fossil plants, as well as for any botanists with a fancy for ancient plants." The author is Professor of Botany at Brigham Young University.