History of Palaeobotany: Selected Essays

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A. J. Bowden, C. V. Burek, R. Wilding
Geological Society of London, 2005 - Science - 304 pages
Often regarded as the 'Cinderella' of palaeontological studies, palaeobotany has a history that contains some fascinating insights into scientific endeavour, especially by palaeontologists who were perusing a personal interest rather than a career. The problems of maintaining research facilities in universities, especially in the modern era, are described and reveal a noticeable absence of a national UK strategy to preserve centres of excellence in an avowedly specialist area. Accounts of some of the pioneers demonstrate the importance of collaboration between taxonomists and illustrators. The importance of palaeobotany in the rise of geoconservation is outlined, as well as the significant and influential role of women in the discipline. Although this volume has a predominantly UK focus, two very interesting studies outline the history of palaeobotanical work in Argentina and China.

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an Introduction
The early 19th century
The later 19th century and into the 20th century
an Italian palaeobotanist of the l9th century
Simkiss W Bowden A J Palaeobotanical studies and collecting in the l9th century with
Watson J One hundred and fifty years of palaeobotany at Manchester University
H Half a century of palynology at the University of Sheffield
From other continents

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