Book review: Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland (Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Fossils No 11), edited by N K Clarkson, David A T Harper, Cecilia M Taylor and Lyall I Anderson

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Jon Trevelyan (UK)

The Pentland Hills in Scotland yield a large number of Silurian marine fossils, many of which are housed in the collections held at the British Geology Survey in Edinburgh, the national museums of Scotland, the Natural History Museum in London, the Lapworth Museum at Birmingham University, Trinity College in Dublin, and the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. Although these fossils are only found within a small area of the Pentland Hills, the formations are extremely rich in fossils. The majority of these are preserved as moulds.

This book examines exposures along the North Esk River, Henshaw Burn, Deerhope Burn and Wether Law Linn. The text details the history of research into the area, localities and geology and is packed with 150 pages of fossils, including clear photography. It is mainly intended as a guide to identification of fossils from this area.

Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland. The Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Fossils No 11, edited by N.K. Clarkson, David A. T. Harper, Cecilia M. Taylor and Lyall I. Anderson, The Palaeontological Association, London (2007), 218 pages (paperback), ISBN: 978-1405177153.

Available from UKGE: Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills

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