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- DescriptionAt the time of his death, John William Salter (1820-69) was dubbed 'the prince of palaeontologists'. A true naturalist with a particular interest in Trilobita, he started publishing this mograph in 1864, and three further parts were issued in 1865-7. But his heath failed and he died, leaving around half of the trilobites then kwn from Britain unclassified; the work was wound up in 1883. Though unfinished, Salter's mograph has thirty excellent plates which make it an essential starting point for the study of British Devonian, Silurian and Ordovician trilobites. The mograph is also frequently cited because Salter's 'preliminary classification of trilobites', though brief, was the best devised up to that time, and has since served as a framework for the classifications used today. Salter introduced four orders of trilobites, three of which - Phacopida, Asaphida, Agstida - are generally recognised today; only his group 'Ampycini' is t w used.
- Author(s)J. W. Salter
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication20/12/2014
- SubjectEarth Sciences
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note88 b/w illus.
- Weight720 g
- Width210 mm
- Height297 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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