"Fossil Ecosystems of North America provides an enjoyable journey to 14 extraordinary fossil localities. In their earlier Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems (CH, Sep'05, 43-0337), Nudds and Selden (both, Univ. of Manchester, UK) covered the world; here, they add localities and a focus. Each chapter provides background on why the site is important in the history of life and follows with a brief accounting of the discovery of the particular locality. Next, the authors discuss the stratigraphic setting and taphonomy (i.e., what happened between death of the organisms and what is found today, and what contributed to the unusual preservation). Nudds and Selden provide a description and several images of the biota found, followed by a discussion of the clustering of organisms and what the bigger picture tells scientists about life interaction for those organisms. Finally, there is a brief comparison of the fossil locality with other relevant locations. Each chapter contains a list of suggested readings, and the appendix lists appropriate museums related to the finding and extra information on visiting the site (e.g., hours, costs, accessibility). Valuable for anyone wanting to learn about specially preserved clusters of organisms from throughout Earth's history."