For many years Clarkson’s Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution (published first by George Allen & Unwin and now by Blackwells) has led the field in palaeontology textbooks for undergraduate courses, at least in the UK. Although in recent years a number of new teaching texts have been published, none, in my opinion, can rival Clarkson. Milsom & Rigby’s new book, Fossils at a Glance, aims to exploit a different niche, one that is much more introductory and stops short of befuddling intricacies.

Fossils at a Glance begins, predictably enough, with an introductory chapter on the processes and vagaries of fossilization....

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