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Arthur Smith Woodward: His Life and Influence on Modern Vertebrate Palaeontology

Product Code: SP430
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by Z. Johanson, P.M. Barrett, M. Richter and M. Smith
Publication Date: 25 February 2016
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Special Publication 430.

Arthur Smith Woodward was the Natural History Museum’s longest-serving Keeper of Geology and the world’s leading expert on fossil fish. He was also an unwitting victim of the Piltdown fraud, which overshadowed his important scientific contributions. The aim of this book is to honour Smith Woodward’s contributions to vertebrate palaeontology, discuss their relevance today and provide insights into the factors that made him such an eminent scientist. The last few years have seen a resurgence in fossil vertebrate (particularly fish) palaeontology, including new techniques for the ‘virtual’ study of fossils (synchrotron and micro CT-scanning) and new research foci, such as ‘Evo-Devo’ – combining fossils with the development of living animals. This new research is built on a strong foundation, like that provided by Smith Woodward’s work. This collection of papers, authored by some of the leading experts in their fields, covers the many facets of Smith Woodward’s life, legacy and career. It will be a benchmark for studies on one of the leading vertebrate palaeontologists of his generation.

Published online 05/02/2016. Print copies available from 25/02/2016.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-741-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 362
Weight: 1.01 kg

Contents

Smith, M., Johanson, Z., Barrett, P. M. & Richter, M. Introduction and bibliography

Smith Woodward’s life and work: historical background

Shindler, K. & Smith, M. ‘A Splendid Position’: The life, achievements and contradictions of Sir Arthur Smith Woodward 1864–1944

Smith, M. The Natural History Museum Fossil Fish Collection: Smith Woodward’s role in the development and use of this priceless resource

Bernard, E. L. & Smith, M. Arthur Smith Woodward’s fossil fish type specimens

Milner, A. C. Lady Smith Woodward’s tablecloth

Smith, M. & Shindler, K. Lady Smith Woodward’s memories: introduction

Smith Woodward’s scientific legacy

Forey, P. L. Smith Woodward’s ideas on fish classification

Underwood, C., Meredith Smith, M. & Johanson, Z. Sclerorhynchus atavus and the convergent evolution of rostrum-bearing chondrichthyans

Duffin, C. J. Cochliodonts and chimaeroids: Arthur Smith Woodward and the holocephalians

Underwood, C., Ward, D. & Guinot, G. Development of understanding of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic chondrichthyan fossil record

Friedman, M., Beckett, H. T., Close, R. A. & Johanson, Z. The English Chalk and London Clay: two remarkable British bony fish Lagersta¨tten

Brito, P. M. & Richter, M. The contribution of Sir Arthur Smith Woodward to the palaeoichthyology of Brazil – Smith Woodward’s types from Brazil

Maisey, J. G. Mr Mawson’s fossils

Liston, J. J. Leedsichthys problematicus: Arthur Smith Woodward’s ‘most embarrassing enigma’

Turner, S. & Long, J. The Woodward factor: Arthur Smith Woodward’s legacy to geology in Australia and Antarctica

Milner, A. C. & Barrett, P. M. Smith Woodward’s contributions on fossil tetrapods

Steel, L. & Buffetaut, E. Arthur Smith Woodward, Florentino Ameghino and the first Jurassic ‘Sea Crocodile’ from South America

Dean, C., De Groote, I. & Stringer, C. Arthur Smith Woodward and his involvement in the study of human evolution

Beckett, H. T. & Friedman, M. The one that got away from Smith Woodward: cranial anatomy of Micrornatus (Acanthomorpha: Scombridae) revealed using computed microtomography

Index

Reviews

Hugh Torrens
01.08.2017

This is a most useful, and handsome, volume. Using the resources of the Natural History Museum in London, where ASW (1864-1944) was Keeper of Geology 1901-1924, it lists his incredible bibliography of 742 entries, starting with his Trip from Crewe to North Wales, which he printed himself in 1878. This volume, and its online supplements, chart both ASW’s life and the important legacies of his museum work, and his wife’s contributions and memories.

Featured in Geoscientist vol 27/7 Aug 2017

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