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Trilobites--woodlicelike creatures that dominated the world's oceans long before the time of the dinosaurs--are, arguably, the most beautiful animals that have ever been chipped out of the fossil record. Fortey certainly seems to think so. His enthusiastic, almost loving explanations of the anatomy, ecology, and long evolutionary history of these fascinating vanished creatures carry the reader on an inspirational journey into the Earth's distant past. But the book is much more than a technical treatise on trilobites. We learn about Fortey himself, his formative years as an amateur then professional paleontologist, about his much-loved teachers and colleagues, and above all, about that strange but addictive pastime known as science. You may not find arthropods as charming as Fortey does, but you will not fail to be charmed by the author. A delightful read. --Chris Lavers, Amazon.co.uk
Excellent book. This man is a true expert in his field.
I’ve never gone so far as to describe a nonfiction book as self centered. But that's what this was, as strange as it may sound. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AJ Lehman
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Both beginners with an interest in ancient life and professionals who want to re-live their enthusiasm for the discoveries of ancient life will love this... Read more
Very enjoyable and interesting work on Trilobites. The writer is extremely knowledgeable and sometimes lets you know it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul Tucker
Author Richard Fortey REALLY loves trilobites. And I really loved this book, an unabashed ode to those ubiquitous Paleozoic denizens of the deep (and not-so-deep). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karin H
Excellent writing style, similar to but better than McPhee in combining literary style with science writing.Published 8 months ago by margery kingsley
The author had real enthusiam for the topic. Wish they were still around says hubby. The only trilobite we have is our pug who tries to bite his pants.Published 11 months ago by K. Burke