This volume is the fifteenth in the mostly excellent Geological Conservation Review Series, of which 42 volumes are planned. The overall aim of the series is to ‘review the current state of knowledge of key Earth science sites in Great Britain and provide a firm basis on which site conservation can be founded for years to come’. This particular, long-awaited volume is essentially two books in one: ‘The Palaeogene’ (written by Brian Daley) and ‘The Neogene’ (by Peter Balson).

After a broad Introduction to the Tertiary, the Palaeogene section begins with a brave stab at that almost impossible task: briefly...

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