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Fortey, Richard A.

Overview
Works: 108 works in 403 publications in 5 languages and 14,996 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Juvenile works  Poetry  Educational films  Internet videos  Catalogs and collections  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, pre, Thesis advisor
Classifications: QE28.3, 560
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Most widely held works about Richard A Fortey
 
Most widely held works by Richard A Fortey
Earth : an intimate history by Richard A Fortey( Book )

38 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the acclaimed author of Life and Trilobite!, a fascinating geological exploration of the earth's distant history as revealed by its natural wonders. The face of the earth, crisscrossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed and changed again over billions of years, and the testament of the remote past is all around us. In this book Richard Fortey teaches us how to read its character, laying out the dominions of the world before us. He shows how human culture and natural history-even the shape of cities-are rooted in this deep geological past. In search of this past, Fortey takes us through the Alps, into Icelandic hot springs, down to the ocean floor, over the barren rocks of Newfoundland, into the lush ecosystems of Hawai'i, across the salt flats of Oman, and along the San Andreas Fault. On the slopes of Vesuvius, he tracks the history of the region down through the centuries to volcanic eruptions seen by fifteenth-century Italians, the Romans, and, from striking geological evidence, even Neolithic man. As story adds to story, the recent past connects with forgotten ages long ago, then much longer ago, as he describes the movement of plates and the development of ancient continents and seas. Nothing in this book is at rest. The surface of the earth dilates and collapses; seas and mountains rise and fall; continents move. Fortey again proves himself the ideal guide, with his superb descriptions of natural beauty, his gripping narratives, and his crystal-clear, always fascinating scientific explanations. Here is a book to change the way we see the world
Fossils : the key to the past by Richard A Fortey( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 2,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the life of ages long past may be reconstructed from fossils. Includes hints on collecting, cleaning, and identifying fossils
Life : a natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth by Richard A Fortey( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 2,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Fortey guides us from the barren globe spinning in space, through the very earliest signs of life in the sulphurous hot springs and volcanic vents of the young planet, the appearance of cells, the slow creation of an atmosphere and the evolution of myriad forms of plants and animals that could then be sustained, including the magnificent era of the dinosaurs, and on to the last moment before the debut of Homo sapiens." "Fortey weaves this history out of the most delicate traceries left in rock, stone and earth. He also explains how, on each aspect of nature and life, scientists have reached the understanding we have today, who made the key discoveries, who their opponents were and why certain ideas won."--Jacket
Trilobite! : eyewitness to evolution by Richard A Fortey( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of Life comes the fascinating story of the beginnings of life on our planet as seen by its very first creatures, trilobites -- the exotic, crustacean-like animals that dominated the seas for 300 million years. Richard Fortey fell in love with trilobites as a fourteen-year-old when he held his first fossil in his hand. In Trilobite!, he draws on a lifetime of study of these creatures to unravel the history of life on earth from their point of view. Trilobites saw continents move, mountain chains grow and erode; they survived ice ages and volcanic eruptions, constantly evolving and exquisitely adapting to their environment -- their own evolution calibrated to geological time itself. With Fortey's expert guidance, we begin to understand how trilobites reveal the pattern and mechanism of evolution through their fossil legacy in the rocks. Through the eyes of trilobites, he allows us glimpses of former worlds as foreign in their geography as in their life forms. Altogether, he provides a unique picture of our geological past, which in turn provides us -- scientist and layperson alike -- with a new grasp of the wonders of scientific discovery
Dry storeroom no. 1 : the secret life of the Natural History Museum by Richard A Fortey( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Fortey acquaints the reader with the extraordinary people, meticulous research and driving passions that helped to create the timeless experiences of wonder that fill London's Natural History Museum. And with the museum's hallways and collection rooms providing a dazzling framework, Fortey offers an often eye-opening social history of the scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.--From publisher description
Horseshoe crabs and velvet worms : the story of the animals and plants that time has left behind by Richard A Fortey( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former Natural History Museum (London) paleontologist Fortey gives us the stories of those plants, animals, and other creatures that have survived from Earth's early days--the planet's "true marathon runners."
Fossils by Richard A Fortey( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the formation of fossils, describes how they are used by scientists to reconstruct the history of the earth, and offers guidance on starting a fossil collection
The hidden landscape : a journey into the geological past by Richard A Fortey( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of time and place in which Fortey peels away the top layer of the land to reveal the hidden landscape - the rocks which contain the story of distant events. We travel with him as our guide throughout the British Isles and as the rocks change we learn to read the clues they contain
Life, an unauthorised biography : a natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on earth by Richard A Fortey( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Survivors : the animals and plants that time has left behind by Richard A Fortey( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former Natural History Museum (London) paleontologist Fortey gives us the stories of those plants, animals, and other creatures that have survived from Earth's early days - the planet's "true marathon runners"
Arthropod relationships by Richard A Fortey( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arthropods contain more species than any other animal group, but the evolutionary pathways which led to their current diversity are still an issue of controversy. Arthropod Relationships provides an overview of our current understanding, responding to the new data arising from sequencing DNA, the discovery of new Cambrian fossils as direct evidence of early arthropod history, and developmental genetics. These new areas of research have stimulated a reconsideration of classical morphology and embryology. Arthropod Relationships is the first synthesis of the current debate to emerge: not since the volume edited by Gupta was published in 1979 has the arthropod phylogeny debate been, considered in this depth and breadth. Leaders in the various branches of arthropod biology have contributed to this volume. Chapters focus progressively from the general issues to the specific problems involving particular groups, and thence to a consideration of embryology and genetics. This wide range of disciplines is drawn on to approach an understanding of arthropod relationships, and to provide the most timely account of arthropod phylogeny. This book should be read by evolutionary biologists, palaeontologists, developmental geneticists and invertebrate zoologists. It will have a special interest for post-graduate students working in these fields
A revised correlation of Ordovician rocks in the British Isles by Richard A Fortey( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Report is revised and expanded from the 1972 publication, providing an up-to-the-minute account of the British Ordovician formations and their correlation nationally and internationally. It also includes the most comprehensive treatment of Ireland ever attempted. The reference list is a comprehensive bibliography of papers on the subject published since 1970." "This Special Report will be a valuable reference for research and applied geoscientists working with rocks of Ordovician age. It will be of particular interest to those working in, or visiting, the Welsh mountains and the English Lake District."--Page 4 of cover
The dinosaurs' alphabet by Richard A Fortey( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short poems about twenty-six dinosaurs, arranged A to Z
Trilobites and their relatives : contributions from the third international conference, Oxford 2001 by International Symposium on Trilobites and their Relatives( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rocks and minerals by Richard A Fortey( Book )

3 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ordovician trilobites of Spitsbergen by Richard A Fortey( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalogue of the type and figured specimens of trilobita in the British Museum (Natural History) by S. F Morris( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Magic of Mushrooms( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mushroom enthusiast Professor Richard Fortey explores the strange and surprising science of fungi, unlocking the story of their evolution, their mysterious life-cycle, and their value to both the planet and ourselves. He and mycologist Dr. Patrick Hickey investigate the secret life of fungi, revealing why they have the power to heal and to kill, how mushrooms can form the biggest living organisms on earth, and why they are vital to the survival of all life on our planet. The program reveals why mushrooms are at the forefront of research, from penicillin to cancer and environmentally friendly packaging. A BBC Production
The Mammal Hothouse( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Richard Fortey investigates the remains of ancient volcanic lake in Germany where stunningly well-preserved fossils of early mammals, giant insects and even perhaps our oldest known ancestor have been found. Among the finds are bats as advanced and sophisticated as anything living today, 50 million years later; dog-sized 'Dawn' horses, the ancestor of the modern horse; and giant ants as large as a hummingbird
Lower Ordovician trilobites of the Kirtonryggen Formation, Spitsbergen by Richard A Fortey( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Earth : an intimate history
Alternative Names
Fortey, R. A.

Fortey, R. A. 1945-

Fortey, R. A. (Richard A.)

Fortey, R. A. (Richard A.), 1945-

Fortey, R. A. (Richard Alan)

Fortey, Richard.

Fortey, Richard 1945-

Fortey, Richard A.

Fortey, Richard (Richard A.)

Richard Fortey britischer Palontologe

Richard Fortey paleontologo, geologo e divulgatore scientifico britannico

ريتشارد فورتي

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Languages
English (251)

German (14)

Italian (8)

Spanish (7)

Korean (1)

Covers
Fossils : the key to the pastLife : a natural history of the first four billion years of life on earthTrilobite! : eyewitness to evolutionDry storeroom no. 1 : the secret life of the Natural History MuseumFossilsThe hidden landscape : a journey into the geological pastLife, an unauthorised biography : a natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on earthSurvivors : the animals and plants that time has left behind