British Museum (Natural History) The London Clay Flora


IN this noble volume recently published by the Trustees of the British Museum, Mrs. Reid and Miss Chandler describe the results of an intensive study of thousands of fruits and seeds strewn along the foreshore of Sheppey and Herne Bay by the action of the sea on the cliffs of clay in which the drifted debris was originally embedded. The London Clay, reaching in places a thickness of 500 ft., is exposed at the surface or lies beneath superficial accumulations over a large area in Middlesex, Surrey, Essex, Kent and hi the Hampshire basin. In addition to remains of crocodiles, turtles, shells of Nautilus and other marine creatures, the clay contains innumerable samples of vegetation, mainly seeds and fruits, which grew on the northern shore of the Tethys Sea.

British Museum (Natural History). The London Clay Flora.

By Eleanor Mary Reid Marjorie Elizabeth Jane Chandler. Pp. viii + 561 + 33 plates. (London: British Museum (Natural History), 1933.) 50s.

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SEWARD, A. British Museum (Natural History) The London Clay Flora . Nature 134, 6–7 (1934).

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