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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
John William Salter (1820-1869) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his work as palaeontologist to the Geological Survey of Great Britain. This is a complete catalogue of the Cambrian and Silurian fossils in the Geological Museum at the University of Cambridge. Preceded by a detailed introductory section on the Palaeozoic system, the catalogue is arranged by geological strata, covering the various groups of Cambrian and Silurian fossils.
The entries include detailed illustrations, along with references to the location of each fossil in the collection, its name and details of its place of origin. Revised by staff of the University and published posthumously in 1873, the catalogue also contains a substantial preface by Adam Sedgwick, famous for his role in the development of modern geology,which provides fascinating insights into the geological advances of the Victorian era.
1. General section of the Palaeozoic system in Britain; 2. Section of the Lower and Middle Cambrian in North Wales; 3. Geological map of Portmadoc Estuary; 4. Table of the British and foreign Cambrian and Lower Silurian rocks; 5. Lower Cambrian fossils; 6. Middle Cambrian; 7. Upper Cambrian; 8. Silurian, May Hill group; 9. Silurian, Lower Wenlock group; 10. Silurian, Wenlock group; 11. Silurian, Lower Ludlow group; 12. Silurian, Upper Ludlow group; 13. Silurian, Ludlow bone-bed and Downton sandstone; 14. Silurian, Ledbury Shales (passage beds); Index.