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New Book on British Trilobites
British Trilobites, by Dr. Bob Kennedy and Sinclair Stammers is the first comprehensive summary of the trilobites of the British Isles, since John Salter’s classic monographic study of the same name, first published more than a century ago.
It is a book is for trilobite enthusiasts everywhere, but it has a specific target audience of those enthusiasts with an already established general knowledge of trilobites, who would wish to take their interest, especially in British trilobites, forward and to a higher level of inquiry. To this end the reader will be able to make use of comprehensive global references and almost eight hundred images of British and Irish trilobites, including many considered to be classic type species. Many trilobites illustrated are from historically important collections, sometimes represented photographically for the first time. Alongside this historic reference collection, is abundant new material collected more recently by myself and several other experienced field collectors.
This volume of course has a somewhat lesser ambition than Salter’s great work, which attempted to describe and illustrate all of the British and Irish trilobite species known at the time. Since trilobites have remained a perennial fascination for researchers and collectors alike since Salter’s time, the number of described species today has vastly increased and Salter’s comparable task today would indeed be monumental. This volume however is an overview of the trilobites of Great Britain and the Irish Republic with taxonomic and stratigraphic information gleaned from the most modern revisions that we are aware of.
For their relatively small surface area, the British Isles offer a diversity and almost complete continuity of Palaeozoic rocks in surface outcrop, that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Many trilobite bearing localities in Britain have become classic sites in the history and evolution of geological sciences and palaeontology worldwide. In this volume I utilise and explain the stratigraphic names given to successive rock units by pioneer geologists in their original ‘British Sense’, despite their use today in some cases being in decline or obsolete, as global correlation schemes advance. The chapters are organised stratigraphically in ascending order and include overviews of many classic British localities and of key figures and personalities from academic and amateur fields, who have contributed significantly to trilobite study in Britain.
To assist those trilobite enthusiasts who also have the curiosity to search for and collect trilobites in Britain and Ireland, publications that provide detailed locality data are referenced throughout and many classic localities are described and their faunas discussed, largely from personal collecting experience. All of the genera and species figured and cited are indexed, and there is a full bibliography and a glossary of terms.