Trilobites of the British Isles
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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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.
Fossil News (Winter 2018 [21.4]: 48-50, edited snippets): The trilobite bookshelf has long lacked a volume dedicated to a detailed examination of the fascinating examples of these arthropods that can be found in the British Isles. ... The specimens pictured and described are of exemplary quality, preservation, and value. The many illustrated specimens come from the most important British historical collections, including those of the Natural History Museum of London, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum. The contributions of private collectors were also fundamental to the book, and specimens from Kennedy’s own collection are shown.
Information regarding individual specimens includes excellent photographs that allow readers to recognize the many different trilobite species with ease. Each photograph is accompanied by a caption that reports genus and species, the author or authors who first described the fossil, stratigraphic data, the current location of the specimen, and the fossil’s dimension. Specimens that are especially rare or whose preservation is particularly remarkable can be appreciated in full-page spreads.
Among the book’s 343 different species and subspecies, especially worthy of note are Olenus gibbus Wahlenberg 1818; the extremely rare Macropyge chermi Stubblefield 1927 from the Cambrian; Ogyginus? (new species); the Ordovician trilobite Pricyclopyge binodosa Salter in Murchison 1859; Deiphon barrandei Whittard 1934 and Acaste downingae Murchison 1839, both Silurian species; and the sublime Paladin mucronatus McCoy 1844 from the Carboniferous. The list of favorites could go on, so let the pleasure of discovery belong to the reader.
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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