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A PhD thesis submitted by Alex Burton in May 1998 to Cambridge University


As you can see, it was quite a while ago now that I finished this thesis. I believe that it is of general interest to all palaeontologists, and it was always my intention to turn it into a series of papers. However I did not stay in research and never got round to writing those papers.

Copies of my thesis may be found in the Earth Sciences and University libraries in Cambridge, but I thought it might be valuable to have extracts more generally available on the internet. Here on this site, following the highlighted links, you will find a large part of the content, although not quite all of it. However if you click on any of the PDF symbols below you will be taken to the original text from my thesis.

Please feel free to read and use these extracts for your own research purposes. If you have any comments or questions you may e-mail me at [email protected]. Alternatively please follow this link to leave your comments on this website for others to read.


   Chapter 1 Introduction    

   Chapter 2 Sedimentology and stratigraphy    

   Chapter 3 A history of taphonomic study    

   Chapter 4 Methods of taphonomic analysis    

   Chapter 5 Cuckfield    

   Chapter 6 Hollington    

   Chapter 7 Other Weald sub-basin sites    

   Chapter 8 The Isle of Wight    

   Chapter 9 Discussions and conclusions    


   Appendix - Containing my data    

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