Congratulations to Dean Lomax, author of our titles: Dinosaurs of the British Isles and Fossils of the Whitby Coast for being the recipient of the Marsh Award for Palaeontology 2015.
Dean receiving the Marsh Award from Brian Marsh OBE at the Natural History Museum, London
The purpose of the Marsh Award for Palaeontology is to recognize 'unsung heroes' – those who have made an outstanding or cumulative contribution to palaeontology in the UK, yet whose efforts have not necessarily been widely recognized. The award is presented annually and Dean is the youngest individual to receive this honour.
Dean giving his acceptance speach
The award was given for the impressive number of publications that Dean has authored (at such a young age), the tireless efforts hes has put into improving and recognizing the importance of the palaeontology collection at Doncaster Museum and for his contribution to the public interpretation of dinosaurs in the United Kingdom, via his recent TV documentary Dinosaur Britain and his book Dinosaurs of the British Isles.
If you have not yet got a copy of Dean's dinosaur book here are several reasons why you should take a look at it (click the cover below to go to the product page and read for the foreword by Dr Paul Barrett of the Natural History Museum:
Proc. Geol. Assoc. (2014) ...a truly encyclopaedic coverage of all British dinosaur species. It is absolutely up to date on the taxomony of the material, with all the new names recently introduced for British ornithischians included. Search as I might, I found no omissions. This is a thorough, scholarly work presented in a format accessible to everyone. Every dinosaur worker in the world should have a copy.
PalAss Newsl. (2014) Dinosaurs of the British Isles is easily the single best reference on British dinosaurs that has ever been produced.
Scientific American.com (2015) Over 400 pages long, beautifully produced and designed and absolutely stuffed full of colour photos and life reconstructions, it’s a lavish and comprehensive guide to the Mesozoic dinosaurs of Britain - the most complete version of this sort of thing published so far. ... the key thing about this book is its use of imagery. The book is packed with visuals: with beautiful, large, high-fidelity images of fossils, with photos of field sites and museum displays, with skeletal reconstructions, and with numerous life reconstructions. Even if the text were useless or execrable (which it isn’t), I would tell people to buy the book for its pictures alone, especially the specimen photos. There are pages and pages and pages of them. Many exceed in quality the only existing published pictures of the specimens concerned, and it’s obvious that Dean went to extraordinary trouble to obtain them.
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