Long before dinosaurs roamed the earth, there were trilobites—one of the most striking animals to populate prehistoric seas and whose fossils are favorites among collectors today. From the giant trilobites of Newfoundland to fascinating new specimens from Morocco, Levi-Setti's magnificent book brings these "butterflies of the sea" to life for everyone curious about our remote past This second edition features coverage of a greater variety of trilobites, an improved photographic atlas reorganized to present their evolutionary progression, and over 200 photographs.
With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures. Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million years ago. As bewilderingly diverse then as the beetle is today, they survived in the arctic or the tropics, were spiky or smooth, were large as lobsters or small as fleas. And because they flourished for three hundred million years, they can be used to glimpse a less evolved world of ancient continents and vanished oceans. Erudite and entertaining, this book is a uniquely exuberant homage to a fabulously singular species. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Trilobites are the most lifelike of fossils—many well-preserved specimens belie their great antiquity and seem almost ready to arch their bodies, peer about with their compound eyes, and crawl forward as if to complete a journey that was interrupted hundreds of millions of years ago."—from the Foreword"New York State is and has long been a magnet for trilobite hunters. . . . New York's trilobites were among the first illustrated fossils in North America. . . . Many outstanding localities in New York State, from the majestic Ordovician limestone bluffs of Trenton Falls, to the Silurian beds in the great gorge of Niagara River, to the Devonian shale cliffs of Lake Erie, continue to yield abundant and spectacular trilobite fossils. New York strata have also yielded more trilobites with preserved appendages and other "soft parts" than almost any other region of the world. . . . Spectacular, ornate trilobites from New York ranging from a few millimeters to nearly a half meter in length, are featured in museums all over the world."—from the PrefaceThis superbly illustrated book reviews the trilobite fossils found throughout New York State, including their biology, methods of taphonomy (preservation of specimens), and the broader Paleozoic geology of the state. A general chapter on the geology of New York State places the importance of these now-extinct invertebrate marine animals into context. Sixty-seven line drawings and 175 black-and-white photographs illustrate individual species, many represented here by type specimens, and display the eerie beauty that has made New York State trilobites favorites of collectors the world over.
A photographic guide to Oklahoma’s Devonian trilobites. The geological history of Coal County, Oklahoma. Descriptions of rock formations where trilobites are found. Excavation and restoration of trilobites. A photographic atlas of the Lower Devonian trilobites of Oklahoma, with helpful information to aid in their identification. Trilobites are a well-known fossil group, possibly second most famous only to dinosaurs. With their easily fossilized exoskeleton, they left an extensive and diverse fossil record. They began a drawn-out decline to extinction during Late Devonian time, when all but one of the trilobite orders died out. This meticulously researched reference guide is a photographic atlas and descriptive compendium on the trilobites of Coal County, Oklahoma. The species described lived during the Lower Devonian in a shallow tropical ocean that had advanced over the landscape of North America. More than twenty species are exquisitely preserved in Oklahoma’s limestone rocks. Each species is carefully illustrated, including thorough descriptions, so that those familiar and unfamiliar can understand and appreciate these amazing creatures. The most current scientific research on these trilobites is also included. For those wishing to pursue a deeper interest in trilobites, a comprehensive bibliography lists hundreds of sources of information for further study.
Trilobites lived for over 300 million years in the seas of the world, and the remains of their hard parts have long attracted collectors. This new, definitive study - plates and text in equal measure - focuses on kinds of trilobites from rocks of all the Palaeozoic periods in a series of more than 120 first-class photographs, with complementary text. These include rare specimens which have preserved soft parts such as antennae and limbs; from these the anatomy may be reconstructed, and one may speculate on the way trilobites behaved. The calcified trilobite shell was outside the body, hence had to be cast at intervals as the animal grew. Specimens from these intervals show how the trilobite changed in form as it grew from a tiny early stage to a length of several centimetres. The great succession of kinds of trilobites evolved in a world of changing geography and climate. How trilobites were preserved, the kinds of rocks in which they occur, and traces of their activity, are described in order to infer where they lived in ancient seas and their manner of life. Some kinds were world-wide in distribution, others limited to seas of differing depth or temperature. This record in the rocks of different continents shows that new kinds arose to replace extinct forms, in many cases abruptly, and that particular trends of change occurred repeatedly. Mechanisms which may have effected these changes are discussed. The long-continued search for evolutionary links between kinds of trilobites, as the basis for a natural classification, is reviewed in the light of conflicting contemporary ideas.
Begun in 1864 and wound up in 1883, this unfinished monograph includes Salter's important 'preliminary classification of trilobites'.
A survey of representative trilobite species from North America. It includes meticulous line drawings of 42 species, with information for each concerning classification, geologic range, and geographical distribution. Descriptions of probable life style, similar species, interesting features, etc. are also given. The 8 page, illustrated Introduction includes discussions of trilobite anatomy, growth, vision, lifestyles, locomotion, feeding, classification, and extinction. A brief "suggested reading" list is also offered.
Published 1883-4, as the first monographic treatment of Carboniferous trilobites from Britain and Ireland, this remains a standard work.
'Special Papers in Palaeontology', published by 'The Palaeontological Association', is a series of substantial separate works conforming to the style of the Palaeontology journal. Two issues are published each year and feature high standard illustrations.
The stories in this collection nearly all take place in and around the mountain hollows of West Virginia: a world of cock-fighting, coal-mining, deer-stalking, sex, depression, drinking and death. 'It would be easy to allow his one collection of stories to be buried under the landslide of books published every year. But it’s worth doing a little excavating to dig it up. The past few years have seen late-in-the-day and posthumous revivals of interest in writers such ... John Williams. Get out your pickaxes' New Yorker Breece D’J Pancake left behind an astonishing achievement. He was a master of a distinctly American vernacular, which he used to remind us of all the ways that fiction could teach us about ourselves. These stories are absolutely essential reading - Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
This monograph describes early Ordovician(Ibexian:Tremadocian–early Floian) trilobites from NorthernSpitsbergen from the section through the Kirtonryggen Formationadjacent to Hinlopen Strait. The Formation is divided intothree Members, each with distinct trilobites collectivelyrepresenting the fullest known succession from the Bathyuridbiofacies of the eastern Laurentian carbonate platform. Previous research on the Ordovician of Spitsbergen is summarisedand correlations with similar faunas previously described fromCanada, Greenland, western Newfoundland, Vermont–New YorkState, Oklahoma and Missouri are discussed. Taxonomicproblems are discussed in detail leading to the recognition of 53species, of which 15 are new, belonging to 31 genera including fournew. Twenty-four taxa are described under open or tentativenomenclature. The lower Member yields the earliest knownoccurrences of the Illaenoidea, Proetoidea and Scutelluoidea,supporting the hypotheses relating the origin of new major cladesto inshore habitats.