Excerpt from Palaeontographical Society; October, 1883, Vol. 37: Containing: The Eocene Flora, Vol. II, Part I; The Trilobites of the Cambrian, Silurian, and Devonian Formations, Part V (Conclusion); The Carboniferous Trilobites, Part I; Supplement to the Fossil Brachiopoda, Vol. V, Part II (Silurian)
The study Of Tertiary fossil ﬂoras appears hitherto to have had so few attractions that not one Of the many competent British botanists has expressed a wish to undertake it. The material is fragmentary, and important organs are wanting, and they therefore consider the conclusions based upon them to be unsatisfactory. I would willingly have allowed, for my part, that my labour Should have consisted in collecting Specimens and accumulating facts for the use of men with more Special knowledge, but on account Of their Silence, and lest the material Should perish, I here venture to describe the British Eocene Coniferae.
Such considerations have not weighed to the same extent abroad, and SO large a number Of works have been published on fossil plants that it seems strange that scientific speculation Should have been SO little inﬂuenced by them. The most ordinary inductions that these investigations might have given rise to have been overlooked, though they would Often have facilitated the determination of the plants themselves.
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