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Foreword by Robert Macfarlane * Introduction by Douglas Palmer * 1. Borders and the North. Fossils: London Clay to Greensand. i. Apprentice by Peter Wigley. * 2. Wales and Central England. Fossils: Brickearth to Clunch clay and Shale. ii. Mineral Prospector by Peter Wigley. iii. Field Work by Dave Williams * East Anglia and the South East. Fossils: Kelloways Stone to Fuller's Earth Rock. iv. Cartographer by Tom Sharpe. v. Fossil Collector by Jill Darrell and Diana Clements. * The West. Fossils: Blue Marl to Redland Limestone. vi. Well Sinker by John Mather. vii. Mentor by John Henry. * Table detailing William Smith's fossils featured as photographic plates in this book. Bibliography and Sources of illustrations. Index and Acknowledgments.

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Richly illustrated with highly detailed geological maps and cross-sections, tables of strata, contemporary illustrations and photographed fossil samples, this definitive and accessible reference showcases the revolutionary work of William Smith, son of a blacksmith and 'father of English geology'

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum holds an unrivalled William Smith collection, including not only his 1815 map and unpublished county maps but also his vast archive of diaries, letters, published works, charts and plans.


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