Books available for review

Books available for review announcement

The following volumes are available to Paleontological Society members in exchange for writing a review in Priscum. Reviews should be informative, engaging, and 400–800 words long. The tone can be informal and casual, appropriate to recommending a book to colleagues. Reviews are expected to be returned within six months after receipt. Past book reviews can be found in past issues of Priscum at and must be a current member of the Paleontological Society before beginning review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these texts, please contact Book Reviews Editor Phil Novack-Gottshall.


Book publishers: Please contact Book Reviews Editor Phil Novack-Gottshall if you are interested in providing review copies for inclusion in Priscum, which has a readership of more than 1,100 professional and avocational paleontologists, and with reviews that are published with open access.

Available for Review

Benton, M.J. 2021. Dinosaurs: New Visions of a Lost World. Illustrations by B. Nicholls. Thames & Hudson.

Bjornerud, B. 2021. Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Princeton Univ. Press.

Carroll, S.B. 2021. A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You. Princeton Univ. Press.

Croft, D. A., D. Su, and S. W. Simpson. 2018. Methods in Paleoecology. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Springer.

Diston, K. and Z. Simmons. 2018. Rare and Wonderful: Treasures from Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and Museum of Natural History.

Gee, H. 2018. Across the Bridge: Understanding the Origin of the Vertebrates. Univ. of Chicago Press.

Gerlach, J., ed. 2014. Western Indian Ocean Tortoises: Ecology, Diversity, Evolution, Conservation, Palaeontology. Siri Scientific Press.

Ijouiher, J. 2022. The Desert Bones: The Paleontology and Paleoecology of Mid-Cretaceous North Africa. Indiana Univ. Press.

Jackson, P.N.W. 2019. Introducing Palaeontology—A Guide to Ancient Life. 2nd ed. Dunedin Academic Press.

Kendrick, P. 2020. A History of Plants in Fifty Fossils. Smithsonian Books.

Leonardi, G. and I. de Souza Carvalho. 2021. Dinosaurs Tracks from Brazil: A Lost World of Gondwana. Indiana Univ. Press.

Lucas, S. 2016. Dinosaurs. 6th ed. textbook. Columbia Univ. Press.

Lyons, S.K., A.K. Behrensmeyer, and P.J. Wagner, eds. 2019. Foundations of Paleoecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries. Univ. Chicago Press.

Marshall, M. 2020. The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth. Univ. Chicago Press.

Martinetto, E., E. Tschopp, and R. Gastaldo, eds. 2021. Nature Through Time: Virtual Field Trips Through the Nature of the Past. Springer. (Review copy is digital e-book.)

Morgan, W. 2021. Collectors Guide to Fort Payne Crinoids and Blastoids. Indiana Univ. Press.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, editor. 2020. Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps. Univ. Chicago Press.

Pérez-Lorente, F. 2015. Dinosaur Footprints and Trackways of La Rioja. Indiana Univ. Press.

Plotnick, R. 2022. Explorers of Deep Time: Paleontologists and the History of Life. Columbia Univ. Press.

Prothero, Donald R. 2019. The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries: Amazing Fossils and the People Who Found Them. Columbia Univ. Press.

Rich, T.H. and P. Vickers-Rich. 2020. Dinosaurs of Darkness. 2nd ed. Indiana Univ. Press.

Rieppel, O. 2019. Mesozoic Sea Dragons: Triassic Marine Life from the Ancient Tropical Lagoon of Monte San Giorgio. Indiana Univ. Press.

Swaby, A., J. R. Hendricks, and A. McGillis (illustrator). 2021. Into the Ordovician: Adventures in a Prehistoric World. An Illustrated Children’s Book. Paleontological Research Institute.

Swaby, A., J. R. Hendricks, and A. McGillis (illustrator). 2022. Silurian Journey: Adventures in a Prehistoric World. An Illustrated Children’s Book. Paleontological Research Institute.

Wood, R., T. Lenton, S. Poulton, A. Liu, and P. Donoghue, eds. 2020. The Origin and Rise of Complex Life: Integrating Models, Geochemical and Palaeontological Data. A special topics issue of the Royal Society’s Interface Focus. All articles available for free at

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