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A 3-Volume Reference Challenge
Ben. In referal to that hypothetical trilogy of producing for palaeoart
a 3-volume extravaganza on a palaeobotanical sweep of the entire
Phanerozoic [palaeozoic/ mesozoic/ cenozoic], check out the 1987
publication by the dendrologist Alan Mitchell titled "Trees of North
America". It is heavily illustrated by David More. The book is sectioned
into [Broadleaved trees/ Conifers/ Biogeographical range maps].
Each species is illustrated in full color [bark/ branches/ fruits/ leaves in
all seasonal colors/ and seeds]. B&W silhouettes of full trees without their
leaves and with their leaves at different ontological stages of their growth
as well as changes in their bark patterns. Then there is a B&W silhouette
of how each species would look in a forest environment complete with a
B&W silhouette of a flying eagle and deer indigenous to that range.
I came across a pristine volume in Indigo [subsiduary of Chapters]. It cost
all of $ 15.oo. Weird or what !!
Ours would be much harder. We would have to break ours down to geological
chronology/ a palaeogeographical range/ and palaeoenvironments that in
many cases we would be guessing at ... taking our best shot at.
It would be a lot of work and a hell of a reference trilogy for both scientific
and researcher. The money would be almost trivial compared to putting together
a team committed to a stretch of time involving a couple of years or so.