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ISBN: 978-0-9929979-4-6
RRP £59.99
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 130 million years ago, armoured dinosaurs roamed what is now southern England, parts of Europe and the USA. These were the Polacanthidae, and today their remains are becoming better known and understood. This book records the history of armoured dinosaur discoveries in the United Kingdom, from Mantell, Owen and Fox to the present day. It also reviews the important fossil remains that are housed in the UK national and private collections; remains that include some of the best preserved and most interesting armour ever found of these animals. The polacanthid taxa recovered from Lower Cretaceous rocks of Europe and the USA are also discussed, along with a new taxonomic (genus) name for the Horsham specimen.

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224 pages 240 x 165 mm
194 colour illustrations, mainly multi-part photographs


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ISBN: 978-0-9929979-2-2
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This title will be entered for the Royal Society and Society of Biology book awards 2015-2016
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 Why Homo sapiens, a seemingly intelligent species, continues to irreparably damage the Earth, so vital to not only our own survival but to that of all the intertwined living things around us, is passionately and insightfully addressed here by Rajan Jaisinghani. The book encompasses almost everything related to Homo sapiens—the environment, collective behaviour and psychology, population and economics, governance and politics, philosophy and art. It discusses the difficult steps we might take to begin to ameliorate this damage, the necessary pre-requisites for such repair, and ends with a semi-fictional chapter on life in 2050. Uniquely, the book uses the conditions in India as a warning to the rest of the world; India is akin to a laboratory experiment in which extreme population is the dominant parameter. While it is technically accurate and includes much research, the book is written in a style easily understood by everyone. It is a must read for anyone interested in a realistic and logistical view of the trends that have been developing over the last 200 years and which look set to continue into the future.

“The book is destined to fill a gulf between the hard depressing science of climate change and ecology and an idyllic world where consequences are for tomorrow, not today… Rajan provides a lens to show us a world where we fail to take action. A world where we fail to learn the lessons of our past (and our present).” Dr. John Abrahams, Professor, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, St. Thomas School of Engineering, MN.

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Review:  Proc. Geol. Assoc. (2014) ...a truly encyclopaedic coverage of all British dinosaur species. It is absolutely up to date on the taxomony of the material, with all the new names recently introduced for British ornithischians included. Search as I might, I found no omissions. This is a thorough, scholarly work presented in a format accessible to everyone. Every dinosaur worker in the world should have a copy. PalAss Newsl. (2014) Dinosaurs of the British Isles is easily the single best reference on British dinosaurs that has ever been produced.
ISBN 978-0-9574530-5-0
416 pp, 240 x 165 mm, soft cover,
800+ colour photographs & illustrations
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Entered for the Royal Society and Society of Biology book awards 2014-2015

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PalAss Newsl. (2015, abridged). This is a very nice general and accessible book. It has high-quality colour images (240 figures, mostly photographs), many of which have not appeared in print before.  The study of such a diverse group, over 400 million years of its history, from around the world, is a huge topic to cover in a general book and the authors have done an excellent job of covering so many aspects as well as being up to date. This book will be of use to anyone interested in fossil insects, and will be equally useful to the palaeontology lecturer or amateur fossil collector, as well as entomologists.

ISBN 978-0-9574530-6-7 (July 31, 2014)
224 pp, 240 x 165 mm, soft cover,
240 colour photographs
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Review: American Museum of Natural History website (2014, abridged). A pleasing and easily digestible display of information and photos carefully assembled by the authors, this is a well-designed volume that deftly covers the nearly 300 million year reign of the world’s favorite fossilized arthropod from the four corners of the globe. The bottom line is that amid the recent flurry of trilo-books, this will serve as a solid addition to any collection.

ISBN 978-0-9574530-3-6 (April 25, 2014)
416 pp, 240 x 165 mm, soft cover,
1001 colour photographs
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R. Jaisinghani - Homo sapiens: An Appraisal of Modern Humans.
ISBN
978-0-9929979-2-2 (2015) £12.00
Reviews 
The book is destined to fill a gulf between the hard depressing science of climate change and ecology and an idyllic world where consequences are for tomorrow, not today… Rajan provides a lens to show us a world where we fail to take action. A world where we fail to learn the lessons of our past (and our present). Dr. John Abrahams, Professor, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, St. Thomas School of Engineering, MN.

D.C. Hartnett - Under Kalahari Skies: Ecology and Conservation in Botswana.
ISBN 978-0-9574530-8-1 (2015) £16.50
Reviews 
– in preparation

J. Gerlach (editor) - Western Indian Ocean Tortoises: Ecology, Diversity, Evolution, Conservation, Palaeontology.
ISBN 978-0-9929979-0-8 (2014) £39.99
Reviews 
– in preparation

C.H. Smith & K. Patterson - Dear Sir: Sixty-Nine Years of Alfred Russel Wallace Letters to the Editor.
ISBN 978-0-9574530-7-4 (2014) £36.00
Reviews 
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B. Zakharov - Nomosystematics: A closer look at the theoretical basis of biological classification.
ISBN 978-0-9574530-0-5 (2013) £21.00
Reviews 
– in preparation ... but anybody who describes new species should read this book!

T. Benton - Alfred Russel Wallace - Explorer, Evolutionist, Public Intellectual: A thinker for our own times? ISBN 978-0-9574530-2-9 (2013) £21.00
Reviews 
– Why Evolution is True blog (September 2013): A fascinating new book on Wallace and his ideas. The author is uniquely positioned to understand the richness of Wallace's ideas. Highly recommended! Current Biology (2014): Wallace’s reputation has been resurrected with the surge over the past decade in Wallace scholarship and with the recent centennial celebrations, but Benton takes this resurrection much further. Benton’s Wallace is not just an admirable past figure unfairly sidelined by history; rather, he is the prototypical socially engaged scientist with a message that remains today alarmingly relevant. British Journal for the History of Science (2014): This work displays an impressive scope and coherence. More impressively still, deep and detailed discussion has not been sacrificed at the altar of breadth. ... The confidence in drawing clear lines of descent between Wallace’s thought and present-day biological and ecological concepts is also highly engaging and a pleasant by-product of Benton’s unusual approach. ... It is of little doubt that Wallace still offers invaluable insights for contemporary scientists as well as historians of science. ... Benton’s probing and perceptive questions and assessments of Wallace’s thinking are undoubtedly thought-provoking contributions.

C.H. Smith & M. Derr - Alfred Russel Wallace's 1886-1887 Travel Diary: The North American Lecture Tour.
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SBN 978-0-9567795-8-8 (2013) £21.00

Reviews 
– BioScience (June 2013): For those who consider themselves Wallace aficionados, this book is essential; it is authoritative and trustworthy, and it describes a little known part of the Wallace story.
British Journal for the History of Science (2013): Wallace’s diverse interests produce a work with a broad scope of content. Furthermore, its accessibility, thanks to the additions by the editors, means that this should earn its way onto a number of institutional and individual bookshelves and be read by a number of social, political and cultural historians as well as historians of science.


Monograph series (click cover for details)
J. Zalohar & T. Hitij - Fossil Seahorses & Other Biota from the Tunjice Konservat-Lagerstatte, Slovenia.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-4-3 (2014) £69.99

Reviews 
– Amazon.com 5*: This book gives broad coverage of the paleontology of the Tunjice Hills in Slovenia, a region not covered elsewhere in English (that I am aware of, anyway). This includes both the exceptionally preserved biota of the "coprolitic horizon", which includes numerous fish, insects, and of course the seahorses, and the more typical shelly faunas of the surrounding layers. The text includes historical and geological background of the deposit, and is filled with beautiful color photographs. Highly recommended for those with an interest in unusual fossil localities.

M. Boulard - The Cicadas of Thailand: Taxonomy and Sonic Ethology.
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SBN 978-0-9567795-9-5 (2013) £120.00

Reviews 
– Antenna (2014): A comprehensive and very impressive book devoted to the cicadas of Thailand. Despite the book contains lots of taxonomic, ecological and ethological information on cicadas of Thailand only, there is no doubt that it will be useful for anyone studying cicadas of the entire SE Asia.  It is indeed a useful reference volume to have both in a private library and in the library of any natural history museum or university.
FREE P+P (Airmail to Europe, Surface Mail elsewhere [ca. 56 working days]). If you require airmail shipping outside of Europe please email us for a paypal invoice (plus £7.50)

M. Archer - Vespine Wasps of the World: Behaviour, Ecology & Taxonomy of the Vespinae.
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SBN 978-0-9567795-7-1 (2012) £95.00

Reviews 
Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (March 2014): This book includes an absolute wealth of information! ... Overall this is a monumental accumulation of information on all aspects of the biology of the Vespinae, which will allow anyone interested in the ecology and evolution of social behaviour to base their conclusions on reliable and comprehensive data.
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J.A. Dunlop & D. Penney - Fossil Arachnids. ISBN 978-0-9567795-4-0 (2012) £60.00
Reviews – ZooKeys (2012): we highly recommend this book as absolutely unique within the arachnological literature to date. There is barely any overlap with previously published books, which usually only briefly touch on the fossil record. It will fill a long-standing void on the shelves of arachnological libraries, and will be of interest to palaeontologists and neontologists alike, both as a source of reference or merely to browse through the stunning images it contains.

R. Coram & J.E. Jepson - Fossil Insects of the Purbeck Limestone Group of Southern England: palaeoentomology from the dawn of the Cretaceous. ISBN 978-0-9567795-3-3 (2012) £50.00
Reviews – PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson provide a unique perspective, as viewed through compound eyes, based on two decades of study and revealing an inordinate fondness for insects. This easy to read and well illustrated mini-monograph is an essential palaeontological guide to the semi-arid Jurassic-Cretaceous transition and its immediate aftermath on a basinal and regional scale; Antenna (2012) Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson bring us right up to date with the entomology and ecology of a lost world examined in the light of modern knowledge and new techniques.

D. Penney & P.A. Selden - Fossil Spiders: the evolutionary history of a mega-diverse order.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-5-3 (2011) £32.00

Reviews – ZooKeys (2011): This is an absolutely unique book in the spider literature to date. It is authoritatively written by two of the leading researchers in this field and provides broad coverage of their combined 50 years experience and expert knowledge. It fills a long standing void in the arachnological literature; Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2011): A long-overdue, volume which ensures that spider palaeontology is also on the bookshelf, alongside other vital aspects of spider biology; Amazon USA (2012): Fantastic book, fills an enormous gap in the field of paleoarachnology. The book serves as an invaluable reference for the arachnologist and palaeoarachnologist alike; PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): represents a robust publication and a superb starting point for any query related to the taxonomy, phylogeny and palaeoecology of fossil spiders ... this work most certainly deserves a handy spot on the bookshelf of any arachnologist.

Edited volumes (click cover for details)
J. Gerlach (editor) - Western Indian Ocean Tortoises: Ecology, Diversity, Evolution, Conservation, Palaeontology.
ISBN 978-0-9929979-0-8 (2014) £39.99
Reviews 
– in preparation


D. Penney (editor) - Spider Research in the 21st Century: trends and perspectives.
ISBN: 978-0-9574530-1-2 (2013) £75.00
Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2013): ...a substantial compendium of spider-related topics covering many aspects of these fascinating animals’ biology. ...produced to a very high standard, with numerous colour images, all printed on good quality paper. The editing is tight and as far as I can tell, error-free. ...an excellent guide to the surprising diversity of research which is possible with spiders today; thanks largely to impressive theoretical and technological advances across a range of biological sciences. ...for those of you actively working in arachnology (or their students), Spider Research in the 21st Century has to be very highly recommended. Yet even for readers whose interest in spiders is more casual, there is plenty to discover here out at the cutting-edge of our subject.
J. Gerlach (editor) - Odonata, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera and other insects of the Seychelles islands.
ISBN: 978-0-9567795-1-9 (2013) £66.00
Reviews – Antenna (2013): The book constitutes a reliable source of taxonomic information on these 14 insect orders of the Seychelles and indeed will be a very useful reference volume in the library of any natural history museum or university.


J. Gerlach (editor) - Crustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles islands. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-9-1 (2011) £40.00
Reviews – Nematology Newsletter (2011): This important new work warrants a place on the shelves of any comprehensive nematode research library, both in terms of the new taxonomic and biogeographic data presented.

J. Gerlach & Y.M. Marusik (editors) - Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-8-4 (2010) £60.00
Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Aracnol. Soc. (2010): This book, beyond doubt, constitutes a reliable source of taxonomic and faunistic information on the Seychelles arachnids and myriapods, being a must have for anyone studying the African fauna and for all arachnological taxonomic libraries. I recommend this book to both amateur and professional arachnologists alike; ZooKeys (2012): the book will be of use to invertebrate taxonomists and biogeographers and deserves a place on the shelves of any serious arachnological or myriapodological taxonomic library.

D. Penney (editor) - Biodiversity of Fossils in Amber from the Major World Deposits.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-4-6 (2010) £75.00 (discounted for retail sales)
Reviews – Antenna (2011): This impressive book constitutes a reliable source of information on the palaeodiversity of amber arthropods, it will beyond doubt become a reference handbook for all amber students and general entomologists. It is a must have for all entomological libraries.

Field guides (including The Gambia and Fossils of the Whitby Coast) (click cover for details)
 
C.C. Grueter - Field Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the Golden Monkey National Park/baimaxueshan Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China.
ISBN: 978-0-9929979-3-9 (2015) £21.00
Reviews
: In preparation

J.M. Lawrence - Field Guide to Butterflies of Seychelles: Their natural history and conservation.
ISBN: 978-0-9574530-9-8 (2014) £15.99
Reviews
– Metamorphosis (2015): This very well thought out and put together little book describes and illustrates the 36 or so species of butterfly ever recorded or described from the Seychelles archipelago. The research on the book has also pulled out obscure literature on some strange endemics (some extinct or on the brink of extinction). The author and illustrator should be highly congratulated on the layout and structure of this little handbook. It cannot fail to attract the butterfly enthusiast. As there is more and more interest into the butterflies of the Afrotropical Region and the surrounding islands this is a must for any serious student. Well done and thank you James and Malinda on an outstanding piece of work.

D. Penney - Field Guide to Wildlife of The Gambia: an introduction to common flowers and animals 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-0-9567795-2-6 (2012) £18.00
Review for the first edition – Amazon (2009): This is an amazing little book that gives such a range of wildlife as you are likely to see in The Gambia! The pictures are really clear, each one being accompanied by brief but entirely adequate info, with a minimum of the 'technical stuff'! Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or 'just a regular tourist', this book is a must to take to The Gambia - either as a guide for yourself, a present for a friend who lives there, or ... as a donation to a local school!

V.L. Kazenas & V.A. Kastcheev - Insects of Kazakhstan: a photographic atlas.
ISBN 978-0-9567795-5-7 (1st August 2012) £40.00
Reviews
– Antenna (2012): ...a must-have for all entomologists or naturalists with an interest in the fauna of this region, or for those wishing to visit Kazakhstan, a rather exotic region where lots of entomological discoveries await... The book will also be useful for entomological curators who deal with museum collections...

D.R. Lomax - Fossils of the Whitby Coast: a photographic guide. ISBN 978-0-9567795-0-2 (2011) £15.00
Reviews – Deposits (2011): Given the geology of the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, it is surprising that this is the first decent book on its fossils; The Naturalist (2012): this publication is one for amateurs and professionals, those who are not familiar with the coastal exposures to the north and south of Whitby, and those that are...a must for the library shelf of all naturalists who work along the Yorkshire coast.

D. Penney - Field Guide to Wildlife of The Gambia: an introduction to common flowers and animals.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-1-5 (2009) £14.99
Reviews – Amazon (2009): This is an amazing little book that gives such a range of wildlife as you are likely to see in The Gambia! The pictures are really clear, each one being accompanied by brief but entirely adequate info, with a minimum of the 'technical stuff'! Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or 'just a regular tourist', this book is a must to take to The Gambia - either as a guide for yourself, a present for a friend who lives there, or ... as a donation to a local school!

D. Penney - Field Guide to butterflies of The Gambia, West Africa.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-2-2 (2009) £13.00
Reviews – Amazon (2011): Being relatively light and slim but beautifully illustrated with photographs of most of the species described, it is an essential traveling companion for anyone travelling to Gambia with an interest in the wildlife.

D. Penney - Common Spiders and other Arachnids of The Gambia, West Africa.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-3-9 (2009) £12.00
Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2010): 35 spider families are included, all of which are illustrated by beautiful sharp, close-up macro-photographs. The unusual geographic location and the interesting notes on natural history make this book a valuable contribution to any arachnological book collection.

Invertebrates (including insects, arachnids and other groups) (click cover for details)
Phillip A. Isotalo (foreword by David M. Rudkin) - Ordovician Trilobites of Southern Ontario, Canada and the Surrounding Region: An illustrated guide.
ISBN 978-0-9929979-1-5 (2015, May 31) £21.00
Reviews 
American Museum of Natural History website (2015, abridged)."... pushes previous boundaries by presenting more detailed photographs of far more aesthetic specimens while significantly updating the known database regarding formations, stratigraphy and fossil distribution. With an entertaining and informative foreword penned by David Rudkin of the ROM, Ordovician Trilobites Of Southern Ontario, Canada and the Surrounding Region tackles its chosen subject with intelligence, insight and at times a surprising degree of ingenuity. … a fantastic and much-needed reference volume for both the avid collector and the professional paleontologist."

David Penney & James E Jepson - Fossil Insects: An introduction to palaeoentomology.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-6-7 (2014) £24.99

Reviews 
PalAss Newsl. (2015, abridged). This is a very nice general and accessible book. It has high-quality colour images (240 figures, mostly photographs), many of which have not appeared in print before.  The study of such a diverse group, over 400 million years of its history, from around the world, is a huge topic to cover in a general book and the authors have done an excellent job of covering so many aspects as well as being up to date. This book will be of use to anyone interested in fossil insects, and will be equally useful to the palaeontology lecturer or amateur fossil collector, as well as entomologists.

J.M. Lawrence - Field Guide to Butterflies of Seychelles: Their natural history and conservation.
ISBN: 978-0-9574530-9-8 (2014) £15.99
Reviews
Metamorphosis (2015): This very well thought out and put together little book describes and illustrates the 36 or so species of butterfly ever recorded or described from the Seychelles archipelago. The research on the book has also pulled out obscure literature on some strange endemics (some extinct or on the brink of extinction). The author and illustrator should be highly congratulated on the layout and structure of this little handbook. It cannot fail to attract the butterfly enthusiast. As there is more and more interest into the butterflies of the Afrotropical Region and the surrounding islands this is a must for any serious student. Well done and thank you James and Malinda on an outstanding piece of work.

Pete Lawrance & Sinclair Stammers - Trilobites of the World: An atlas of 1000 photographs.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-3-6 (2014) £45.00

Reviews  – 
American Museum of Natural History website (2014, abridged). A pleasing and easily digestible display of information and photos that has been carefully assembled by the authors, this is a well-designed volume that deftly covers the nearly 300 million year reign of the world’s favorite fossilized arthropod from the four corners of the globe. The bottom line is that amid the recent flurry of trilo-books, this one will serve as a solid addition to anyone’s collection.

M. Boulard - The Cicadas of Thailand: Taxonomy and Sonic Ethology.
I
SBN 978-0-9567795-9-5 (2013) £120.00

Reviews  – Antenna (2014): A comprehensive and very impressive book devoted to the cicadas of Thailand. Despite the book contains lots of taxonomic, ecological and ethological information on cicadas of Thailand only, there is no doubt that it will be useful for anyone studying cicadas of the entire SE Asia.  It is indeed a useful reference volume to have both in a private library and in the library of any natural history museum or university.
FREE P+P (Airmail to Europe, Surface Mail elsewhere [ca. 56 working days]). If you require airmail shipping outside of Europe please email us for a paypal invoice (plus £7.50)
D. Penney (editor) - Spider Research in the 21st Century: trends and perspectives.
ISBN: 978-0-9574530-1-2 (2013) £75.00

Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2013): ...a substantial compendium of spider-related topics covering many aspects of these fascinating animals’ biology. ...produced to a very high standard, with numerous colour images, all printed on good quality paper. The editing is tight and as far as I can tell, error-free. ...an excellent guide to the surprising diversity of research which is possible with spiders today; thanks largely to impressive theoretical and technological advances across a range of biological sciences. ...for those of you actively working in arachnology (or their students), Spider Research in the 21st Century has to be very highly recommended. Yet even for readers whose interest in spiders is more casual, there is plenty to discover here out at the cutting-edge of our subject.

J. Gerlach (editor) - Odonata, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera and other insects of the Seychelles islands.
ISBN: 978-0-9567795-1-9 (2013) £66.00
Reviews –
Antenna (2013): The book constitutes a reliable source of taxonomic information on these 14 insect orders of the Seychelles and indeed will be a very useful reference volume in the library of any natural history museum or university.
 M. Archer - Vespine Wasps of the World: Behaviour, Ecology & Taxonomy of the Vespinae.
I
SBN 978-0-9567795-7-1 (2012) £95.00

Reviews 
Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (March 2014): This book includes an absolute wealth of information! ... Overall this is a monumental accumulation of information on all aspects of the biology of the Vespinae, which will allow anyone interested in the ecology and evolution of social behaviour to base their conclusions on reliable and comprehensive data.
FREE P+P
(Airmail to Europe, Surface Mail elsewhere [ca. 56 working days]). If you require airmail shipping outside of Europe please email us for a paypal invoice (plus £7.50)


D.V. Logunov, A.V. Gromov & V.A. Timokhanov - Spiders of Kazakhstan. ISBN 978-0-9567795-6-4 (2012) £40.00
ReviewsNewsl. British Arachnol. Soc. (2013): ...Based on the fabulous artwork and unusual geographic location most arachnologists who see this book will want a copy for their library. It will also appeal to anybody with a general interest in the natural history of Central Asia.


V.L. Kazenas & V.A. Kastcheev - Insects of Kazakhstan: a photographic atlas.
ISBN 978-0-9567795-5-7 (1st August 2012) £40.00
Reviews – Antenna (2012): ...a must-have for all entomologists or naturalists with an interest in the fauna of this region, or for those wishing to visit Kazakhstan, a rather exotic region where lots of entomological discoveries await... The book will also be useful for entomological curators who deal with museum collections...
J.A. Dunlop & D. Penney - Fossil Arachnids. ISBN 978-0-9567795-4-0 (6th April 2012) (2012) £60.00
Reviews – ZooKeys (2012): we highly recommend this book as absolutely unique within the arachnological literature to date. There is barely any overlap with previously published books, which usually only briefly touch on the fossil record. It will fill a long-standing void on the shelves of arachnological libraries, and will be of interest to palaeontologists and neontologists alike, both as a source of reference or merely to browse through the stunning images it contains.

R. Coram & J.E. Jepson - Fossil Insects of the Purbeck Limestone Group of Southern England: palaeoentomology from the dawn of the Cretaceous.ISBN 978-0-9567795-3-3 (2012) £50.00
Reviews – PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson provide a unique perspective, as viewed through compound eyes, based on two decades of study and revealing an inordinate fondness for insects. This easy to read and well illustrated mini-monograph is an essential palaeontological guide to the semi-arid Jurassic-Cretaceous transition and its immediate aftermath on a basinal and regional scale; Antenna (2012) Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson bring us right up to date with the entomology and ecology of a lost world examined in the light of modern knowledge and new techniques.

D. Penney & D.I. Green - Fossils in Amber: remarkable snapshots of prehistoric forest life.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-6-0 (2011) £30.00 (discounted for retail sales)

Reviews – Antenna (2011): There are many books on fossils in amber but very few have such visually stunning photographs which is where the current work stands out from the rest. It is a well written and spectacular visual guide to amber palaeontology.

D. Penney & P.A. Selden - Fossil Spiders: the evolutionary history of a mega-diverse order.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-5-3 (2011) £32.00

Reviews – ZooKeys (2011): This is an absolutely unique book in the spider literature to date. It is authoritatively written by two of the leading researchers in this field and provides broad coverage of their combined 50 years experience and expert knowledge. It fills a long standing void in the arachnological literature; Newsl. Brit. Aracnol. Soc. (2011): A long-overdue, volume which ensures that spider palaeontology is also on the bookshelf, alongside other vital aspects of spider biology; Amazon USA (2012): Fantastic book, fills an enormous gap in the field of paleoarachnology. The book serves as an invaluable reference for the arachnologist and palaeoarachnologist alike; PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): represents a robust publication and a superb starting point for any query related to the taxonomy, phylogeny and palaeoecology of fossil spiders ... this work most certainly deserves a handy spot on the bookshelf of any arachnologist.

J. Gerlach (editor) - Crustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles islands. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-9-1 (2011) £40.00
Reviews – Nematology Newsletter (2011): This important new work warrants a place on the shelves of any comprehensive nematode research library, both in terms of the new taxonomic and biogeographic data presented.

D. Penney (editor) - Biodiversity of Fossils in Amber from the Major World Deposits.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-4-6 (2010) £75.00 (discounted for retail sales)

Reviews – Antenna (2011): This impressive book constitutes a reliable source of information on the palaeodiversity of amber arthropods, it will beyond doubt become a reference handbook for all amber students and general entomologists. It is a must have for all entomological libraries.

J. Gerlach & Y.M. Marusik (editors) - Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-8-4 (2010) £60.00
Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Aracnol. Soc. (2010): This book, beyond doubt, constitutes a reliable source of taxonomic and faunistic information on the Seychelles arachnids and myriapods, being a must have for anyone studying the African fauna and for all arachnological taxonomic libraries. I recommend this book to both amateur and professional arachnologists alike; ZooKeys (2012): the book will be of use to invertebrate taxonomists and biogeographers and deserves a place on the shelves of any serious arachnological or myriapodological taxonomic library.

D. Penney - Common Spiders and other Arachnids of The Gambia, West Africa.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-3-9 (2009) £12.00
Reviews – Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2010): 35 spider families are included, all of which are illustrated by beautiful sharp, close-up macro-photographs. The unusual geographic location and the interesting notes on natural history make this book a valuable contribution to any arachnological book collection.

D. Penney - Field Guide to butterflies of The Gambia, West Africa.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-2-2 (2009) £13.00

Reviews – Amazon (2011): Being relatively light and slim but beautifully illustrated with photographs of most of the species described, it is an essential travelling companion for anyone travelling to Gambia with an interest in the wildlife.

D. Penney - Dominican Amber Spiders: a comparative palaeontological-neontological approach to identification, faunistics, ecology and biogeography.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-0-8 (2008) £35.00 (discounted price for retail sales)
Reviews – PalAss Newsl. (2010): This volume is an excellent introduction to what can be learned from fossil amber, in this case Dominican amber. It will no doubt serve as a standard reference for some time to come. It ably surveys a wide field, and paints, in a broad brush, the biogeographic origins of Dominican spiders. It can also be usefully consulted by anyone with a general interest in fossils as well as issues of tropical biogeography.

Palaeontology (including fossils in amber) (click cover for details)
K. Gass - Solving the Mystery of the first Animals on Land: The Fossils of Blackberry Hill.
ISBN
978-0-9929979-5-3 (2015) £17.50
Reviews 
A mystery revealed, this book charmingly tells the story of how clever scientific detective work has answered the question of what those first animals to visit the subaerial environments of our world really were – however fleeting their visits from their ancient ocean habitats may have been. Engagingly told by Chris Gass, one of the key participants, the story reveals the importance of a highly special area that holds the fossilized evidence that shows what really happened.
Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist.

Phillip A. Isotalo (foreword by David M. Rudkin) - Ordovician Trilobites of Southern Ontario, Canada and the Surrounding Region: An illustrated guide.
ISBN 978-0-9929979-1-5 (2015, May 31) £21.00
Reviews American Museum of Natural History website (2015, abridged)."... pushes previous boundaries by presenting more detailed photographs of far more aesthetic specimens while significantly updating the known database regarding formations, stratigraphy and fossil distribution. With an entertaining and informative foreword penned by David Rudkin of the ROM, Ordovician Trilobites Of Southern Ontario, Canada and the Surrounding Region tackles its chosen subject with intelligence, insight and at times a surprising degree of ingenuity. … a fantastic and much-needed reference volume for both the avid collector and the professional paleontologist."

J. Gerlach (editor) - Western Indian Ocean Tortoises: Ecology, Diversity, Evolution, Conservation, Palaeontology.
ISBN 978-0-9929979-0-8 (2014) £39.99
Reviews 
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David Penney & James E Jepson - Fossil Insects: An introduction to palaeoentomology.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-6-7 (2014) £24.99

Reviews 
PalAss Newsl. (2015, abridged). This is a very nice general and accessible book. It has high-quality colour images (240 figures, mostly photographs), many of which have not appeared in print before.  The study of such a diverse group, over 400 million years of its history, from around the world, is a huge topic to cover in a general book and the authors have done an excellent job of covering so many aspects as well as being up to date. This book will be of use to anyone interested in fossil insects, and will be equally useful to the palaeontology lecturer or amateur fossil collector, as well as entomologists.

Dean Lomax & Nobumichi Tamura - Dinosaurs of the British Isles.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-5-0 (2014) £33.00

Reviews 
– Proc. Geol. Assoc. (2014) Dinosaurs of the British Isles . . . the home of dinosaurs and with more species per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. ...a truly encyclopaedic coverage of all British dinosaur species. It is absolutely up to date on the taxomony of the material, with all the new names recently introduced for British ornithischians included. Search as I might, I found no omissions: all British dinosaurs are there. This is a thorough, scholarly work presented in a format accessible to everyone. Every dinosaur worker in the world should have a copy.

Pete Lawrance & Sinclair Stammers - Trilobites of the World: An atlas of 1000 photographs.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-3-6 (2014) £45.00

Reviews 
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American Museum of Natural History website (2014, abridged). A pleasing and easily digestible display of information and photos that has been carefully assembled by the authors, this is a well-designed volume that deftly covers the nearly 300 million year reign of the world’s favorite fossilized arthropod from the four corners of the globe. The bottom line is that amid the recent flurry of trilo-books, this one will serve as a solid addition to anyone’s collection.

J. Zalohar & T. Hitij - Fossil Seahorses & Other Biota from the Tunjice Konservat-Lagerstatte, Slovenia.
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SBN 978-0-9574530-4-3 (2014) £69.99

Reviews 
Amazon.com 5*: This book gives broad coverage of the paleontology of the Tunjice Hills in Slovenia, a region not covered elsewhere in English (that I am aware of, anyway). This includes both the exceptionally preserved biota of the "coprolitic horizon", which includes numerous fish, insects, and of course the seahorses, and the more typical shelly faunas of the surrounding layers. The text includes historical and geological background of the deposit, and is filled with beautiful color photographs. Highly recommended for those with an interest in unusual fossil localities.
J.A. Dunlop & D. Penney - Fossil Arachnids. ISBN 978-0-9567795-4-0 (6th April 2012) (2012) £60.00
Reviews – ZooKeys (2012): we highly recommend this book as absolutely unique within the arachnological literature to date. There is barely any overlap with previously published books, which usually only briefly touch on the fossil record. It will fill a long-standing void on the shelves of arachnological libraries, and will be of interest to palaeontologists and neontologists alike, both as a source of reference or merely to browse through the stunning images it contains.

R. Coram & J.E. Jepson - Fossil Insects of the Purbeck Limestone Group of Southern England: palaeoentomology from the dawn of the Cretaceous.
ISBN 978-0-9567795-3-3 (2012) £50.00
Reviews – PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson provide a unique perspective, as viewed through compound eyes, based on two decades of study and revealing an inordinate fondness for insects. This easy to read and well illustrated mini-monograph is an essential palaeontological guide to the semi-arid Jurassic-Cretaceous transition and its immediate aftermath on a basinal and regional scale; Antenna (2012) Drs Rob Coram and James Jepson bring us right up to date with the entomology and ecology of a lost world examined in the light of modern knowledge and new techniques.

D. Penney & D.I. Green - Fossils in Amber: remarkable snapshots of prehistoric forest life.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-6-0 (2011) £30.00 (discounted for retail sales)

Reviews – Antenna (2011): There are many books on fossils in amber but very few have such visually stunning photographs which is where the current work stands out from the rest. It is a well written and spectacular visual guide to amber palaeontology.

D. Penney & P.A. Selden - Fossil Spiders: the evolutionary history of a mega-diverse order.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-5-3 (2011) £32.00

Reviews – ZooKeys (2011): This is an absolutely unique book in the spider literature to date. It is authoritatively written by two of the leading researchers in this field and provides broad coverage of their combined 50 years experience and expert knowledge. It fills a long standing void in the arachnological literature; Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc. (2011): A long-overdue, volume which ensures that spider palaeontology is also on the bookshelf, alongside other vital aspects of spider biology; Amazon USA (2012): Fantastic book, fills an enormous gap in the field of paleoarachnology. The book serves as an invaluable reference for the arachnologist and palaeoarachnologist alike; PalAss Newsl. (2012: 81): represents a robust publication and a superb starting point for any query related to the taxonomy, phylogeny and palaeoecology of fossil spiders ... this work most certainly deserves a handy spot on the bookshelf of any arachnologist.

D.R. Lomax - Fossils of the Whitby Coast: a photographic guide. ISBN 978-0-9567795-0-2 (2011) £15.00
Reviews –Deposits (2011): Given the geology of the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, it is surprising that this is the first decent book on its fossils; The Naturalist (2012): this publication is one for amateurs and professionals, those who are not familiar with the coastal exposures to the north and south of Whitby, and those that are...a must for the library shelf of all naturalists who work along the Yorkshire coast.

D. Penney (editor) - Biodiversity of Fossils in Amber from the Major World Deposits. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-4-6 (2010) £75.00 (discounted for retail sales)
Reviews – Antenna (2011): This impressive book constitutes a reliable source of information on the palaeodiversity of amber arthropods, it will beyond doubt become a reference handbook for all amber students and general entomologists. It is a must have for all entomological libraries.

D. Penney - Amber. ISBN: 978-0-9558636-7-7 (2010) £3.00 a small 28-page  booklet with basic information and nice photographs. Perfect as a gift with a piece of amber.

D. Penney - Dominican Amber Spiders: a comparative palaeontological-neontological approach to identification, faunistics, ecology and biogeography.
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-0-8 (2008) £35.00 (discounted for retail sales)
Reviews – PalAss Newsl. (2010): This volume is an excellent introduction to what can be learned from fossil amber, in this case Dominican amber. It will no doubt serve as a standard reference for some time to come. It ably surveys a wide field, and paints, in a broad brush, the biogeographic origins of Dominican spiders. It can also be usefully consulted by anyone with a general interest in fossils as well as issues of tropical biogeography.



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•Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land: The Fossils of Blackberry Hill (due 2015)

• Fishes of the genus Sinocyclocheilus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in China (due 2015)

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• Neotropical Spiders: a manual of biodiversity and identification (due 2015)

• Diagnostic Radioentomology: Using X-ray Computed Tomography for Non-Invasive Entomology (due 2016)

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True Bugs of the World second edition (due 2015)

Ichthyosaurs from the Early Jurassic of Britain (due 2017)

A Guide to the Butterflies of New Zealand and the Chatham Islands

• Spiders of Iran: An introduction to their diversity and identification

• Dinosaur Anatomy

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Late Mesozoic insects from the extremities of Eurasia

• Spiders of Thailand

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