Edited by V.M. Podobina et al., 1997; Izdat. GEOS, Moscow; ISBN 5-89118-017-0.
Dagmara Maximilianovna Rauzer-Chernousova was born in Moscow in May, 1895. On the occasion of her 100th birthday, her colleagues from the Russian Academy of Sciences (where she worked since 1934) organised a gala event: an “All-Russian Micropalaeontological Conference” held in her honour. Unfortunately, Dr. Rauzer-Chernousova didn’t live to see the publication of the proceedings volume, having passed away in June 1996 at the age of 102. The resulting book, entitled “Biostratigraphy and micro-organisms of the Phanerozoic of Eurasia” printed in A-4 format on good quality paper, has English translations of the papers as an appendix in the back. The Editorial team led by Vera Podobina must be congratulated on producing such an interesting and well-edited book. The book begins with Dr. Rauzer-Chernousova’s obituary, followed by a delightful chapter written by Dr. Rauzer-Chernousova herself in 1993, entitled “Memories of my childhood and student years” a reflection on her school days before the Russian Revolution. The scientific section consists of 38 articles dealing mostly with foraminifera, but also including papers on palynomorphs and ostracods. One of the highlights is a chapter written by Dr. Rauzer-Chernousova and E.A. Reitlinger on the suprageneric classification of Paleozoic Foraminifera. It was both heartwarming and satisfying to see that Dr. Rauzer-Chernousova was able to contribute a paper to the proceedings volume that synthesizes some of her ideas based on over 65 years of experience working with Paleozoic foraminifera. I believe that further information about the book can be obtained from Vera Podobina.
Mike Kaminski, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.