Fossils from the Lias of the Yorkshire Coast

Alan R Lord (Germany) Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Fossils: Number 15 As the editor of this new publication by the Palaeontological Association (see Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Fossils Number 15: Fossils from the Lias of the Yorkshire Coast), I think that it may be time to explain why it is we produce these guides and why we think it is important. In these days of emphasis on ‘impact’ of scientific publications, involving metrics relating to both authors and journals, the series Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Fossils may seem old-fashioned, even anachronistic. However, I have not spent several years of my life editing two of these volumes to agree with such a view. The Field Guides are important for several good reasons, in order of increasing importance in my opinion: 1. As a form of outreach to the public, they help the Palaeontological Association fulfil its obligations for charitable status. 2. The Field Guides do not set out to be monographic in the sense of covering all aspects and all fossil taxa of the time period or the biota in focus. Such publications are rare nowadays. However, given that the chapters aim to include as many important genera and species as possible, and the authors are all experts in their fields, the books represent important scientific overviews of their subject. 3. We, the Association, editors and authors, all hope that the Field Guides reach a wide range of readership, stimulate interest in palaeontology and fieldwork, and encourage future … Read More

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