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British Fossils (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Peter Doyle
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10 Sep 2008 Shire Library
The fossil-bearing rocks of the British Isles represent life from the last 2,900 million years and the UK is seen by many as the cradle of modern geology. Using the geological map of Britain, expert palaeontologist Peter Doyle offers a comprehensive guide to fossils in the UK, plotting the main fossil groups around the country, and relating them to the different ages of the rock in which they are found. With photographs of the fossils that can be discovered, and tips on how to find them yourself, "British Fossils" is the perfect companion for the novice fossil hunter or enthusiast.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (10 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747806861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747806868
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 14.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Doyle is a geologist with a life-long interest in military history. A specialist studying the role that terrain has had to play in two centuries of warfare, his interests nevertheless extend beyond the scientific. He has written extensively on the British experience of warfare in the two world wars - illustrated with artefacts of those wars. He believes that objects have a tale to tell; he has tried to translate that for the general public.

Visit his website at www.peterdoylemilitaryhistory.com and follow him on Twitter @profpeterdoyle

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Fossils by Peter Doyle 24 Feb 2009
By H. Lang
Howard Falcon-Lang (Royal Holloway, University of London) writes: Presented with the extraordinary wealth of British fossil sites, any attempt to write a guide for the general public faces two problems. The first is the temptation to cover absolutely everything and get bogged down with arcane fossil names and innumerable collecting sites. The victim of this approach is the usually the amazing `story' of the History of Life. The second temptation is to treat the subject at such a superficial level that the results are of no earthly use to the would-be amateur collector. Thankfully, Peter Doyle's new book on British Fossils finds an admirable middle road. It places fossils in their evolutionary and geological context while providing enough information to identify some of the most common specimens that might turn up on a beach.

There are several facets of this book that make it especially attractive. First of all, it takes care to explain the basics: in an opening chapter titled the Meaning of Fossils we learn about what fossils represent, how they are fossilized, what they tell us about the evolving Earth, and how they are named and classified. Second, we are introduced to the geological structure of the British Isles, which provides the essential framework for any keen collector. This is nicely illustrated with examples of the spectacular scenery of Britain and the varied contexts (from coal mines to sea stacks) that yield fossils. A third noteworthy aspect is the way the book discusses the taxonomy, biology and ecology of common fossils before providing an illustrated guide. It therefore goes well beyond a simple identification guide, offering genuine understanding. Overall, this book will fill a gap in the geotourism market and will be widely used wherever British fossils are found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book worth getting 27 Sep 2013
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not many books that just does british fossils so l can
use it find out where to look for my fossils when l get the time
to explore the british isles
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2.0 out of 5 stars soso 4 Mar 2014
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Ok for a complete beginner, but not enough detail, well, almost none, about where to look and what to look for
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good little book 13 Oct 2010
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Really a potboiler or bog book for scientific boys, a nice intro to fossils in the UK.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Operative Word Is "Introduction" 17 April 2013
By J. Stedman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is described as an "introduction" to British fossils and, for better or worse, that's what it is, just a very quick skim over the surface of its subject. It's an interesting read in parts but its brief treatment of specific British fossils is too little to be at all useful. If you have fossils you want to identify, this is not the book for you.
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