Ostracods in British Stratigraphy - TMS Special Publication no 003 (The Micropalaeontological Society Special Publications)

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This book charts the stratigraphical distribution of ostracods in the Cambrian to Pleistocene deposits of Britain and outlines their utility for dating and correlating rock sequences, as well as indicating aspects of their palaeoenvironmental and palaeogeographical significance. These small bivalved crustaceans are the most abundant arthropods in the fossil record. Indeed, the stratigraphy of Britain, which embraces many type-sequences, provides a particularly rich and full record of them, from at least the basal Ordovician, and from the British Cambrian there is a biostratigraphy based on their relatives, the bradoriids and phosphatocopids. Ostracod distributions demonstrate the ecological success story of the group, occupying as they do marine, non-marine and even terrestrial habitats. Written by current specialists in the field, this book is an authoritative account and will be welcomed by all micropalaeontologists and applied geologists in the industrial and academic world alike. It is richly illustrated with over 80 plates of electron micrographs and specially drawn maps, diagrams and range-charts.

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The highlight of each chapter is a set of beautifully-produced plates; I have been unable to meet the challenge thrown down to potential reviewers by John Whittaker in the Preface and can find no faults. The imaging is of an extremely high standard and, remarkably, include Cambrian specimens with their soft parts preserved (Rushton et al.). Detailed descriptions accompany each illustrated taxon, of which the notes regarding range and biostratigraphical significance are particularly useful; this information is further enhanced by the inclusion of tables summarizing the first and last appearances of important species.

Admittedly, as a researcher interested primarily in the Pleistocene, the majority of this volume (although undeniably interesting and meticulously produced) is of limited practical use; specialists in each of the geological periods represented will doubtless feel the same. Nonetheless, this book should become a first port-of-call for anyone embarking on research involving ostracods, not least because of its clear and detailed text, extensive reference lists and superb illustrations. It truly sets the standard as a cutting-edge synthesis of the British ostracod record. --Tom S. White, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Quaternary Science Reviews

Ostracods in British Stratigraphy is, in effect, a revision of the award-winning A Stratigraphical Index of British Ostracoda, published by the then British Micropalaeontological Society in 1978 (Bate and Robinson, 1978). It is more than just an addendum to the original version, but nevertheless inevitably invites comparisons. I am pleased to say that the original high quality of both information and production has been maintained, whilst the coverage has been extended

The plates in the new volume maintain the excellent standard set in Bate and Robinson (1978). However, a far greater proportion of taxa are illustrated with a single external view of one valve compared to the earlier publication. This is not a volume to discover what hinge lines or muscle scars look like. Nevertheless, for those interested in identifying ostracods for stratigraphic purposes the volume is essential, particularly as Bate and Robinson (1978) has long been out of print. I wholeheartedly recommend it. --Christopher R. C. Paul, Geological Journal

This volume will undoubtedly be a valuable research tool for all working on fossil ostracods in the British Isles, giving as it does an overview of studies on ostracods and their distribution in space and time. --Review by: Tony Cockbain Featured in TAG March 2011

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