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Re: your first paleo book was:

I can't remember my first paleo book, although I still have a childhood book on 
archaeology kicking around somewhere that deeply fascinated me in my early 
years. My introduction to paleontology was a visit to the American Museum of 
Natural History with my uncle's large family when I was around 10. But then my 
interests wandered off to astronomy.

The first book I remember having that covered fossils was a reprint of Dunbar's 
1949 "Historical Geology" text that was left behind in the house my parents 
bought while I was in college. Initially I was more fascinated by the 
pre-plate-tectonic maps of the past earth, but eventually I started reading 
about fossils and dinosaurs. 
Jeff Hecht, science & technology writer
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