Full Title: Paleontology of the Upper Eocene Florissant Formation, Colorado
Editors: Herbert W. Meyer and Dena M. Smith
The Upper Eocene Florissant Formation of central Colorado contains an exceptionally preserved, highly diverse assemblage of fossil plants and insects along with some vertebrates. This volume offers 11 diverse contributions, including the history of the paleontological study of the site; new models for the role of biofilms in fossil preservation; the relevance to interpretations of paleoclimate, biogeography, and the Eocene-Oligocene floral transition; plant-insect associations during the Eocene; morphometric approaches to fossil spider identification; a summary of the mammalian fauna; the mineralogical preservation of the fossil woods and conservation strategies for the petrified forest; and the development of a new database to compile a complete inventory of the fossils and their taxonomy. The volume is partially the outcome of a GSA symposium that was held during the 2004 annual meeting, and it reports many of the newest advances in our understanding of Florissant during the past decade.