This is a well-prepared, well-written and well-produced book with a wealth of information about palaeontology and its applications. One could have a philosophical debate about whether it should be palaeontology or micropalaeontology in the title, as the applications are mostly those that would be encountered by micropalaeontologists using the normal range of microfossil groups. The cover suggests that this is a ‘comprehensive and thematic treatment of applied palaeontology’ and, in general, it ticks many of the appropriate boxes.

In the area of sample collection there is (correctly) a mention of the UK system of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)...

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