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Trilobites of the British Isles

Trilobites of the British Isles

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by Robert Kennedy and Sinclair Stammers


Siri Scientific Press (2018, June 1st) 978-0-9957496-1-0 RRP £37.50

384 pp, 240 x 165 mm, soft cover, 800+ colour photographs/illustrations

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Reviews

American Museum of Natural History (Trilobite Website, April 2018; abridged): … when all is said-and-done, perhaps no country on Earth can match Great Britain in terms of either its ground-breaking academic pursuit of the subject, or its available trilobite resources. Written by noted trilobite collector/researcher Dr. Robert Kennedy, with the able assistance of photographer Sinclair Stammers, this highly informative, richly illustrated, 384-page volume goes to laudatory lengths in its attempts to present as comprehensive a work as paleontologically possible. To achieve his goal of updating more than 300 years of British trilobite tradition and research, Kennedy has not only focused upon presenting the stellar arthropod attractions housed within his own world-class collection, but has also delved deep into the resources provided by his fellow British trilobite enthusiasts. He has also thoroughly scoured the trilobite repositories stored in many of his homeland’s leading institutions, including London’s legendary Natural History Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum. The net-effect serves to create what may well be the ultimate compendium of British trilobite types. Amid a welcomed wave of trilobite-oriented books that have emerged in recent years, Trilobites of the British Isles stands out as a wonderfully researched and thoughtfully presented volume designed to appeal equally to the professional scientists and amateur enthusiasts among us.

Deposits Magazine, 2018 (Number 55, page 13 – snippets): … 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.

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.

Contents

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

References
Index


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