The editors’ foreword is exceedingly brief and also exceedingly forthright, as they remark: ‘far more delegates [to the Millennium Brachiopod Congress] offered written papers than are published here, and this is because we wanted a structured book which would stand alone in its own right and not just a mishmash of symposium contributions linked only by the single word “brachiopod”’. How well, then, have they succeeded? At one level, well enough. The 41 chapters are gathered into five thematic sections, each with a short introduction. As such this book reveals the range and interests of the brachiopod specialists, which in...

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