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Euan N.K. Clarkson FRSE (born 1937) is a British palaeontologist and writer.


Euan Clarkson studied geology at the University of Cambridge and had a long career as a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] Clarkson's most notable research occurred in the study of trilobites (especially visual systems),[2][3] Paleozoic stratigraphy and the description of the anatomy of the Conodont[4] animal.[5]

Euan Clarkson has a sustained record of publication and teaching, has authored some 100+ papers and other publications, including a book that is widely regarded as the "standard"[1] palaeontological text for undergraduates.[6]

Clarkson was president of the Edinburgh Geological Society (1985-87), a trustee of the Natural History Museum (1987–92) and president of the Palaeontological Association (1998–2000).[7] Clarkson was awarded the Geological Society of London's Coke medal in 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Geological Society of London, Coke medal award
  2. ^ Clarkson, E. N. K.; Levi-Setti, R. L. (1975), "Trilobite eyes and the optics of Descartes and Huygens", Nature, 254 (5502): 663–7, doi:10.1038/254663a0, PMID 1091864
  3. ^ Clarkson, E. N. K. (1979), "The Visual System of Trilobites", Palaeontology, 22: 1–22, doi:10.1007/3-540-31078-9_67
  4. ^ Aldridge, R. J.; Briggs, D. E. G.; Smith, M. P.; Clarkson, E. N. K.; Clark, N. D. L. (1993). "The anatomy of conodonts". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 340: 405–421. doi:10.1098/rstb.1993.0082.
  5. ^ Briggs, D. E. G.; Clarkson, E. N. K.; Aldridge, R. J. (1983). "The conodont animal". Lethaia. 16 (1): 1–14. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1983.tb01993.x.
  6. ^ Clarkson, E. N. K. (1998), Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (4th ed.), Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell Science, p. 452, ISBN 0-632-05238-4
  7. ^ Debrett's authorized biography Archived 2012-09-08 at the Wayback Machine