Ice Age Florida: In Story and Art
By: Robert W. Sinibaldi
Florida’s Ice Age was vastly different from what the North experienced. Ice Age Florida: In Story and Art investigates and illustrates the fascinating fossil record and history of the Gulf Coast compared to what most envision when the term Ice Age comes up. The author takes the reader along on his initial and developing interest in fossil diving and details his insatiable curiosity about the fauna of Florida’s Ice Age, all vividly represented by the amazing artwork of Hermann Trappman.
“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Ice Age Florida: In Story and Art" is not only a fascinating and informative read that will be of immense interest for paleontology students and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject and unreservedly recommended for highschool, community, college, and university library Earth Sciences & Paleontology collections, it would well serve as a template for similar Ice Age impact studies for other areas, states, and provinces comprising the North American continent.” - Carl Logan, Reviewer (The Midwest Book Review)
About the Author
In 1993, Robert W. Sinibaldi began diving for fossils, and by 1998 he wrote Fossil Diving in Florida's Waters, a book used by many Gulf Coast dive shops to certify divers interested in underwater paleontology. In 2001 he was elected President of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, the world’s largest amateur paleontological association at the time; he remains on their board of directors to this date. Over the years he has donated hundreds of fossils to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Vertebrate Paleontology Department for study, and to add to their permanent collections. In 1999, Sinibaldi was the only amateur invited to speak at the University of Florida’s Paleofest Conference.
In 2011, Sinibaldi wrote What Your Fossils Can Tell You: Vertebrate Morphology, Pathology, and Cultural Modification, which was published by the University of Florida Press. This textbook broke down the technical scientific literature in paleontology and made it accessible to the avid amateur and undergraduate paleontologists. Sinibaldi has traveled throughout the state of Florida giving lectures at paleontological societies, museums, and libraries. He has published more than 400 book reviews over the past twenty-five years in various fossil newsletters. In 2012, Sinibaldi received the prestigious Howard Converse Award from the University of Florida’s Vertebrate Paleontology Department for his contributions to the field.
By profession Sinibaldi was an adapted physical education teacher and awarded the National PE Teacher of the Year in 2011 for his work with students with special needs. He has since retired and focuses full-time on paleontological pursuits. He has published more than fifty professional journal articles in his field of exceptional child education and has presented well over 100 times at district, state, and national level on both exceptional child education, physical education, and as a motivational “Keynote” speaker.