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Trilobite! : eyewitness to evolution

Author: Richard A Fortey
Publisher: New York : Alfred Knopf, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fortey, Richard A.
Trilobite!
New York : Alfred Knopf, 2000
(OCoLC)648633940
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Fortey
ISBN: 0375406255 9780375406256
OCLC Number: 44046941
Description: xiii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
List of plates --
Preface --
Discovery --
Shells --
Legs --
Crystal eyes --
Exploding trilobites --
Museum --
Matter of life and death --
Possible worlds --
Time --
Eyes to see --
Acknowledgments --
Suggestions for further reading --
Index.
Responsibility: by Richard Fortey.
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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.

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