Meek , F. B. and F. V. Hayden; Palaeontology of the Upper Missouri: A Report Upon Collections Made Principally by the Expeditions...1865

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Meek , F. B. and F. V. Hayden;Palaeontology of the Upper Missouri: A Report Upon Collections Made Principally by the Expeditions under Command of Lieut. G. K. Warren, U. S. Top. Engrs. , in 1855 and 1856. Invertebrates, Part 1.Extract, Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge #172, Washington DC, 1865. Large quarto, pp. ix, 136, 5 plates with explanatory text pages, numerous text figures.

This extracted work is bound in soft title wraps with a paper label on the cover. Light UC, Irvine stamp on text block edge. In very good condition.

Meek and Hayden’s initial results of their studies on the invertebrate fossils from the earliest Upper Missouri strata first appeared in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. All of the work encompassing specimens from the Cretaceous and Tertiary, was intended to be published as a three part series under the auspices of the Smithsonian. However, the latter two parts, were not published until 1876 and became Vol 9 of Hayden’s United States Geological & Geographical Survey of the Territories. While the last two parts are often seen, the first part by Hayden & Meek is far more scarce. Meek and Hayden classify and describe the Silurian, Carboniferous, Permian and Jurassic invertebrate fossils from Kansas, Nebraska and the Black Hills region of the Dakotas. The fossils include trilobites, brachiopods, ammonites, belemnites, gastropods, bivalves and crinoids.