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From the Trade Paperback edition.
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|List of Plates||xi|
|VII||A Matter of Life and Death||159|
|X||Eyes to See||255|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||269|
Posted May 8, 2010
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Posted July 20, 2009
Richard Fortey is a British paleontologist who fancies trilobite fossils. Trilobites are long extinct, but these arthropods are the signature fauna of the Paleozoic Era, and are ubiquitous in rocks of the proper age. Fortey explains these fossils, details what is known of the anatomy, behavior, and lineage of the various kinds of trilobites, and touches on all the issues and theories that occupy paleontologists - the causes of extinction, the evidence for and against punctuated equilibrium, the determination of dates, and the collection, analysis. classification, and museum curation of trilobites. This a great book if you want an introduction to the trilobites at an adult but not technical level. Good pictures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2011
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