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William Smith's Fossils Reunited

Product Code: WSFR
Series: William Smith Map Prints and Publications
Author/Editor: Peter Wigley (editor) with Jill Darrell, Diana Clements and Hugh Torrens
Publication Date: 01 March 2019
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William Smith's Fossils Reunited: "Strata Identified by Organized Fossils" and "A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils" by William Smith

Published by Halsgrove Publishing, 260x270mm, profusely illustrated in colour throughout.


William Smith is considered by many to be the Father of English Geology and is best remembered for his remarkable geological map of England and Wales, made in 1815.
From an early date, Smith recognized that many of the strata which he showed on his map were characterized by the fossils they contained. In 1816 he started a book called Strata Identified by Organized Fossils which, although unfinished, was a fundamental work in establishing the science of stratigraphy. In this book Smith figured fossils from each stratum. The fossil plates were exquisitely engraved by the renowned illustrator, naturalist and mineralogist, James Sowerby, from fossils provided by Smith.

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Although a brilliant geologist, Smith was an unlucky business man and because of his precarious financial position he was forced to sell his extensive fossil collection to the British Museum. In William Smith’s Fossils Reunited, the authors have included new photographs of fossils from Smith’s Collection, now housed at the Natural History Museum.These photographs have been arranged next to the original engravings, and in some cases, Smith’s sketches. Smith’s original texts for both Strata Identified and a later work Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils, which catalogued the fossils, have been reprinted within the book. As Smith roamed the English countryside collecting fossils he was careful to note the exact geographical location of each fossil and also the rock layer from which it came. In this book these locations are shown on copies of Smith’s own geological maps.

With a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough, William Smith’s Fossils Reunited is intended both for the William Smith enthusiast and also for those with a more general interest in the work of this remarkable pioneering geologist.The fossil illustrations and maps in this exquisite volume are aesthetically pleasing in their own right and demonstrate the extraordinary skill of early nineteenth-century engravers and map makers.


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780857043375
Publisher: Distributed by GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 160
Weight: 1.5 kg

Contents

FOREWORD

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

William Smith’s Fossils Reunited Introduction

Introduction

Strata Identified by Organized Fossils

William Smith’s fossil collection and its sale to the British Museum

A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils

Reprinting of Strata Identified by Organized Fossils

Strata Identified by Organized Fossils

Introductions

Strata with Organized Fossils

London Clay

Crag

Upper Chalk

Lower or Hard Chalk

Class of Strata beneath the Chalk

Green or Chlorite Sand

Micaceous Brick Earth

Portland Stone

Oak Tree Clay

Coral Rag and Pisolite

Clunch Clay and Shale

Kelloways Stone

Corn brash

Forest Marble

Clay over the Upper Oolite

Upper Oolite or Calcareous Freestone

Fuller's Earth Rock

Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils (part I)

Contents

Introduction

London Clay

Crag

Chalk

Green Sand

Brick Earth

Portland Rock

Oaktree Clay

Coral Rag and Pisolite  

Clunch Clay and Shale

Kelloways Stone

Cornbrnsh             

Forest Marble          

Clay over the Upper Oolite  

Upper Oolite   

Fuller's Earth Rock  

Under Oolite         

Sand and Sandstone

Marlstone              

Observations on Echini

Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils (part II)

Blue Marl

Lias

Redland Limestone   

Mountain Limestone

William Smith’s Maps and His Fossil Locations

Map 1

Map 2

Map 3

Map 4

Map 5

Map 6

Map 7

Map 8

Locality and location number listings (Numeric)

APPENDIX: PLATE FOSSIL LISTING               

PLATE NOTES                                                    

AFTERWORD (GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON)  

SELECTED REFERENCES          

INDEX OF FOSSIL LOCATIONS AND WILLIAM SMITH FOSSIL NAME


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