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Ostracods in British Stratigraphy

Product Code: TMS003
Series: TMS Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by J E Whittaker & M B Hart
Publication Date: 10 June 2009
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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.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-274-9
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-274-8
Publisher: GSL on behalf of TMS
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 496
Weight: 1.50 kg


  • Preface
  • Cambrian. A W A Rushton, D J Siveter, & M Williams
  • Ordovician. D J Siveter
  • Silurian. D J Siveter
  • Devonian. A J Gooday
  • Carboniferous. J Athersuch, A J Gooday, J E Pollard & N J Riley
  • Permian. T H Pettigrew
  • Triassic. N Ainsworth & I Boomer
  • Lower Jurassic (Hettangian–Toarcian). I Boomer & N R Ainsworth
  • Middle Jurassic (Aalenian–Bathonian). R H Bate
  • Bathonian of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. M I Wakefield
  • Upper Jurassic (Callovian–Portlandian). I P Wilkinson & R C Whatley
  • Purbeck–Wealden. D J Horne
  • Marine Lower Cretaceous. I J Slipper
  • Upper Cretaceous. I J Slipper
  • Paleogene. A R Lord, J E Whittaker & C King
  • Neogene. A M Wood, I P Wilkinson, C A Maybury & R C Whatley
  • Pleistocene. J E Whittaker, & D J Horne
  • Subject Index
  • Systematic Index


Christopher C. Paul

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

Tony Cockbain

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.

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