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The Forest Primeval

The Geologic History of Wood and Petrified Forests

Leo J. Hickey

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July 27, 2010
62 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
22 b/w
ISBN: 9780912532646

Distributed for the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Wood—perhaps no natural material has been used longer by man, and none seems more suited to human tastes and needs. Its properties are the result of a long evolutionary history as an integral part of the earth's forests. This story describes what it is, explores how it is put together, and recounts the story of wood from its origin, giving us new insights into this familiar material all around us, as well as into the petrified wood that occurs so abundantly in the fossil record.

Leo J. Hickey is a Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Biology at Yale University.