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New Book Review: Trilobites of the British Isles

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We are very pleased to announce an excellent new book review of our recent title: Trilobites of the British Isles, which has just been published in the latest edition of Deposits Magazine, 2018 (Number 55, page 13 – snippets follow): … this illustrated (in colour) modern overview of the trilobites of Great Britain and Ireland is the first ever… with almost 800 photographic images of British and Irish trilobites, from both historically important collections and newly collected material … There are overviews and locality data of classic and less well-known locations, with discussions of their specific faunas … The book is intended for both casual admirers and serious collectors, as well as being an academic reference for students and professionals … I have been waiting for a book like this for a very long time and am delighted that a publication of this quality has now arrived.

Trilobites of the British Isles Siri Scientific Press

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From the back cover

Trilobites of the British Isles is the first illustrated modern overview of the trilobite faunas of Great Britain and the Irish Republic. It is intended as a comprehensive reference volume to the approximately four thousand, four hundred different species of trilobite recorded from the British Isles over the last three centuries.

Of this faunal list, fewer than four hundred species are known from complete or almost complete specimens, and of these, three hundred and forty three species and subspecies are illustrated here. Many are the finest and best preserved specimens known to science.

Trilobites of the British Isles will appeal to casual admirers and committed collectors alike and it will also serve as a reference for academics and other serious students of this perennially fascinating group of extinct arthropods.

About the authors

Robert Kennedy is a retired teacher of science and art subjects, a former Open University lecturer and a retired museum curator. He has a Masters research degree in Lower Ordovician trilobites from Wales, and a Doctorate in British Devonian trilobites. He was the Principle Curator of Natural History at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for more than ten years, until his retirement. Dr Kennedy has published his academic research in Monographs of the Palaeontological Society of London and has published articles on trilobites for the Open University Geological Society.

Sinclair Stammers is a professional scientific photographer. Alongside his work he has maintained a fascination for the study of trilobites. His association with Bob Kennedy first arose while working on a collaborative book with Pete Lawrance called ‘Trilobites of the World’ Lawrance & Stammers 2014, also by Siri Scientific Press.


Frontispiece: ‘The Trilobite’  by Michael Longley
Dedication/About the Authors
Introduction and Acknowledgments
History of Research: Pioneer British Geologists

Chapter 1 – The Cambrian System
Chapter 2, part 1 – The Ordovician System
Chapter 2, part 2 – The Tremadoc Series
Chapter 2, part 3 – The Arenig Series
Chapter 2, part 4 – The Shelve Inlier: Abereiddian Stage
Chapter 2, part 5 – The Shelve Inlier: Llandelian Stage to Lower Caradoc Series
Chapter 2, part 6 – The Llanfallteg Formation, South West Wales
Chapter 2, part 7 – The Builth-Llandrindod Inlier
Chapter 2, part 8 – The Llanvirn and Caradoc Series elsewhere in the British Isles
Chapter 2, part 9 – The Ashgill Series: Starfish Beds
Chapter 2, part 10 – The Ashgill Series elsewhere
Chapter 3 – The Silurian
Chapter 4 – The Devonian
Chapter 5 – The Carboniferous


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