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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Anyone curious about trilobites and the history of their study should read this book.
"'Look into my eyes,' the trilobite seems to say, 'and you will see the vestiges of your own history.'" And very strange eyes they are.
Richard Fortey, on the other hand, is a truly elegant writer, and this book is a joy to read.
I thought Eyewitness books were full of pictures and were full size books. This one is a small paperback that is of little use.
This book is arranged a bit like a memoir written by the author of his many years studying trilobites. Read morePublished 22 days ago by David Ecale
A must read for fossil fans of the cambrian era. Fortey is not only a scientist but also a gifted writer.Published 3 months ago by Terry E. Simms
It would seem to be a tough subject to get excited about, but if you have any interest at all in the pre-dinosaur era ancient world, you will find this book fascinating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Rene
My type of book. Makes you ponder life and understand how science progresses. Good mix of literary and science ideas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Art
This is a recreation of these creatures which used to roam the sea floors in prehistoric times, explained by an expert. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clare O'Beara
I love trilobites and having, for the most part, enjoyed Fortey's Life! book, I borrowed this from my library. Boy, am I glad I didn't purchase it! Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Cameron
As this is my first book written by Richard Fortey I didn't quite know what to expect from this British paleontologist. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LastRanger