British Mesozoic Fossils

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A comprehensive identification guide to 365 fossil species from the Mesozoic era that can be found in Britain.

978 1 898 29873 1
January 1983
210 x 136 mm
210 pp
Black-and-white line drawings throughout
Natural History Museum


The Mesozoic era ranged from 240 million to 65 million years ago. This handbook 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 British Mesozoic 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 explaination of the scientific names of fossils.

The book’s identification guide includes 73 plates of accurate black-and-white line drawings and features 365 invertebrate 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 colour map of the distribution of Mesozoic strata, this guide will help both amateur and professional palaeontologists identify fossils from this era.

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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 Caenozoic Fossils.

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