British Caenozoic Fossils

British Caenozoic Fossils cover

This handbook illustrates 354 fossil specimens of animals and plants that have inhabited Britain during the past 70 million years

978 1 898 29877 9
January 1975
210 x 136 mm
132 pp
Black-and-white line drawings throughout
Natural History Museum


This guide is intended to provide a concise and inexpensive source of reference for those wishing to know which fossils from this period they may expect to find in Britain, and to help them identify the fossils they have collected.

Following a brief introduction to the subject, simple stratigraphical tables show the classification of British Caenozoic rock formations. There is a comprehensive listing of the geological distribution of each species featured, which can be cross-referenced with the appropriate illustration, and a brief explanation of the scientific names of fossils.

The book’s identification guide includes 44 plates of accurate black-and-white line drawings and features 354 invertebrate, vertebrate and plant fossil species. Each of the species is illustrated with at least one drawing, which is accompanied by details of where in Britain it can be found. 

With a geological time-scale and a map of the location of key fossil locations, this guide will help both amateur and professional palaeontologists identify everything from a bivalve to a brachiopod.

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About the series

Since it was first published, this series of books has established itself as the classic work of reference for all students of geology. It provides information on which fossils one may expect to find amongst the wealth of geological horizons in Britain and aids the identification of the species once they have been found.

Amateur and professional palaeontologists alike will continue to find that these volumes are as important to their studies as the hand lens and geological hammer. The other title available in this series is British Mesozoic Fossils.