When I was asked to review this book I must admit that I agreed with slight feelings of trepidation on hearing the title. I expected to open the cover and be drawn into a whirlpool of complicated statistical equations and methodologies. Having a limited knowledge of such things, I was however pleasantly surprised with the content and found that most of the chapters were methodically written, leading to a clearer understanding of the numerical/statistical content. Consisting of twelve papers, the volume encompasses the majority of palaeontological disciplines and describes a number of numerical applications to solve some of the most...

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