This volume comprises 16 papers presented at a symposium on the Purbeck environment and the organisms that lived within it held at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, in March 1999. The initiative in holding the symposium came originally from a group of vertebrate palaeontologists, and though the symposium later widened in scope, its origin is demonstrated by the fact that 90% of the volume deals with palaeontology, and two thirds deal with vertebrate palaeontology. There is only a limited discussion of dinosaur footprints by Ensom, and very little on palaeobotany. The volume is thus a presentation of the results of...

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