Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain
GCR Volume No. 10
Benton, M.J. & Spencer, P.S.
This volume shows how reptilian evolution can be traced from Britain's fossil record and demonstrates how Britain's reptile sites can yield evidence indicating periods of extinction and diversification of the group.


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The reptiles evolved from their amphibian forebears over 300 million years ago. The oldest postulated fossil reptile is known from the Carboniferous of Scotland. Reptiles radiated extensively during the Permian Period and the Mesozoic Era, a span of time often referred to as the 'Age of Reptiles'. Britain's 500 or more fossil reptile sites provide abundant information on reptiles of this time, including key Triassic sites that document the pre-dinosaur times, and unique dinosaurian faunas of Mid Jurassic and Early Cretaceous age. Marine reptiles (plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, crocodilians) are richly represented in the Early and Late Jurassic in particular. A number of Tertiary localities have also yielded rich faunas of turtles, crocodilians and squamates.
'Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain' is the first overview of Britain's rich heritage of fossil reptile sites and their fossil content. It describes how the 50 fossil reptile GCR sites were selected from the 500 localities considered. Full background information on the sites and the reptilian remains recovered from them is detailed. The volume also contains a fully comprehensive bibliography.
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386 pages, illustrations, A4 hardback
ISBN 0 41262 040 5
Please cite as: Benton, M.J. & Spencer, P.S. (1995) Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain, Geological Conservation Review Series, No. 10, Chapman and Hall, London, 386 pp.