Trilobites in Murchison's Siluria

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison published a comprehensive work on the Silurian System in Great Britain and elsewhere in 1838. Initially comprising rocks approximately the interval now known as Silurian, Murchison's definition of Silurian later expanded to encompass much of the pre-Old Red Sandstone (i.e. pre-Devonian) Paleozoic rocks in Great Britain, including intervals now considered to be Cambrian and Ordovician in age. His book, Siluria described the geology and fossil content of much of the Paleozoic, and provided excellent illustrations of much of the flora and fauna. This document provides a sampling of trilobite illustrations from the fourth edition, published in 1867:

Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, 1867. Siluria. Fourth edition. A History of the Oldest Rocks in the British Isles and Other Countries; With sketches of the Origin and Distribution of Native Gold, the General Succession of Geological Formations, and Changes in the Earth's Surface. John Murray: London, p.1-566, pl.1-41.

These illustrations are anatomically pretty accurate, and are quite artistic. The copyright has also expired, so feel free to use these as you like.

Calymene blumenbachii Brongiart and C. tuberculosa Salter (128Kbytes) From plate 17 and 18. Figure 11 is the C. tuberculosa specimen.

Plate 18, "upper Silurian" fossils (232Kbytes) This time interval corresponds approximately to the current definition of middle and upper Silurian (post Llandovery).

Andrew MacRae