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New book - A Guide to Ancient Life

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New book - A Guide to Ancient Life

Trinity College Dublin

Introducing Palaeontology – new book underlines importance of the fossil record for informing today’s conservation decisions

A new, expanded book – Introducing Palaeontology: a guide to ancient life – by Patrick Wyse Jackson, Associate Professor and Head of Trinity College Dublin’s School of Natural Sciences, provides a timely reminder of how the fossil record can inform critical conservation decisions of the future as Earth faces the sixth mass extinction of its time.

The book, recently published by Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh, is liberally illustrated with photographs, including many of the wonderful fossil specimens from Trinity’s Geological Museum.

With drawings by John Murray (NUIG), this new book brings the science up to date in a rapidly developing field and includes a new section on digital photography.

Ammonites in Marston Marble (Somerset).
Ammonites in Marston Marble (Somerset).

Adopted by universities in Ireland, Britain and the United States – but sure to also be of great interest to fossil enthusiasts and those interested in biodiversity and the history of life on Earth – the book is divided into two sections:

The first section outlines processes of fossilisation and taphonomy and gives guidance on how to collect and study fossils and how to interpret them.

The second section provides information on the major biological groupings represented in the fossil record, with sections on colour in fossils written by Maria McNamara (UCC) and Hominids and Hominins (early antecedents of man) written by John Murray.

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