Vertebrate Fossils and the Evolution of Scientific Concepts: Writings in Tribute to Beverly Halstead, by Some of His Many Friends
William Anthony Swithin Sarjeant, Lambert Beverly Halstead
Gordon and Breach Publishers
, 1995 - Science
- 622 pages
This Festschrift volume is dedicated to the memory of Lambert Beverly Halstead, one of the most controversial and productive scientists of his time. Containing a detailed biography and bibliography, enlivened by pictures of Bev at various stages of his life, it forms a comprehensive remembrance of an eminent palaeontologist.
Bev's interests were wide ranging and this is reflected in the expansive list of contents, ranging from the impact of palaeontology of the general public to in depth analyses of scientific concepts related to the study of dinosaurs. Some of the papers presented are broad in scope, for example disaster theories of dinosaur extinction; others address more specific topics such as vertebrate biochronology of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary. Accompanying these formidable research works are a number of articles devoted to the more 'popular' aspects of palaeontology, examining the fascination that the public has had for dinosaurs over the last 150 years and the use of the word 'dinosaur' in the English language.
Since its earlier publication within the pages of the respected journal Modern Geology, this treatise has undergone substantial revision, and this comprehensive publication is essential reading for all interested in the history of animal life, on land or in water. It merits a place in all academic and palaeontological libraries, as well as on the bookshelves of the very many people who found Bev's work and ideas as beguiling as he did himself.