Kenneth J. McNamara is a palaeontologist and former Director of the Sedgwick Museum in the University of Cambridge. He is an Emeritus Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. He is the author of several books, including Shapes of Time (1996), The Star-crossed Stone (2011) and, with John Long, The Evolution Revolution (2007). Like his Palaeolithic ancestors he enjoys collecting fossils.
McNamara opens window after window on the use and interpretation of fossils by different cultures from Ireland to Australia over the millennia and up to the present. Through the strange medieval mythologies of dragons' teeth, stone swallows, toadstones, thunderstones, snakestones, and devil's toenails, an even more ancient tradition is uncovered. --Douglas Palmer, author of A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries