Trilobite! by Richard Fortey
Eyewitness to Evolution

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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.

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About Richard Fortey

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Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. Life was short-listed for the Rh„¢ne-Poulenc Prize in 1998, Trilobite! was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001, and The Hidden Landscape was awarded the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993. He was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize for science writing by Rockefeller University in 2004. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Bristol in 2002 and is now a Fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in London.
Published February 6, 2010 by Vintage. 324 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Fortey takes equal delight in the curios of trilobite history (such as the Chinese habit of grinding them up and drinking them in potions), and he is endearingly crushed by dead ends in trilobite research: “Sadly, we do not know as much as we would like to know about the sex lives of trilobites.”...

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Since the age of 14, Fortey, now a paleontologist and author (Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth), has been obsessed with trilobites, which survived for a total of three hundred million years, almost the whole duration of the Palaeozoic era.

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