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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection
British palaeontologist Thomas Davidson (1817-85) was born in Edinburgh and began his studies at the city's university. Encouraged by German palaeontologist Leopold von Buch, he began to study brachiopod fossils at the age of twenty, and he quickly became the undisputed authority. He was elected fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1852, receiving the Wollaston medal in 1865. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1857. Published between 1850 and 1886, this six-volume work became the definitive reference text on the subject. It includes more than two hundred hand-drawn plates and a comprehensive bibliography.
This volume, the first of six, includes an essay on the terebratulids by Richard Owen, an analysis of brachiopod shell structure by W. B. Carpenter and a guide to classification by Davidson himself. The rest of the volume describes Cretaceous, Tertiary, Oolitic and Liasic brachiopod species.
1. On the anatomy of the Terebratula Prof. Owen
2. On the intimate structure of the shells of Brachiopoda Prof. Carpenter
3. On the classification of the Brachiopoda
Part I. The Tertiary Brachiopoda
Part II. The Cretaceous Brachiopoda
Part III. The Oolitic and Liasic Brachiopoda
Supplementary additions to the appendix