The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey

Hardcover | May 21, 2014

byRiccardo Levi-Setti

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Distant relatives of modern lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and spiders, trilobites swam the planet’s prehistoric seas for 300 million years, from the Lower Cambrian to the end of the Permian eras—and they did so very capably. Trilobite fossils have been unearthed on every continent, with more than 20,000 species identified by science. One of the most arresting animals of our pre-dinosaur world, trilobites are also favorites among the fossil collectors of today, their crystalline eyes often the catalyst for a lifetime of paleontological devotion. And there is no collector more devoted—or more venerated—than Riccardo Levi-Setti. With The Trilobite Book, a much anticipated follow-up to his classic Trilobites, Levi-Setti brings us a glorious and revealing guide to these surreal arthropods of ancient Earth.

Featuring specimens from Bohemia to Newfoundland, California to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and Wales to the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Levi-Setti’s magnificent book reanimates these “butterflies of the seas” in 235 astonishing full-color photographs. All original, Levi-Setti’s images serve as the jumping-off point for tales of his global quests in search of these highly sought-after fossils; for discussions of their mineralogical origins, as revealed by their color; and for unraveling the role of the now-extinct trilobites in our planetary history.

Sure to enthrall paleontologists with its scientific insights and amateur enthusiasts with its beautiful and informative images, The Trilobite Book combines the best of science, technology, aesthetics, and personal adventure. It will inspire new collectors for eras to come.

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Distant relatives of modern lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and spiders, trilobites swam the planet’s prehistoric seas for 300 million years, from the Lower Cambrian to the end of the Permian eras—and they did so very capably. Trilobite fossils have been unearthed on every continent, with more than 20,000 species identified by science. One ...

Riccardo Levi-Setti, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Chicago, has served as director of the Enrico Fermi Institute and as an honorary research associate at the Field Museum, Chicago. Although he is trained as a physicist, trilobites have long been his passion. He lives in Chicago.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 8 × 1.1 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022612441X

ISBN - 13:9780226124414

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction: Why Color?

2.1 Bohemia

2.2 Morocco
                                    Cambrian
                                    Ordovician
                                    Devonian

2.3 Western North America

                                    Cambrian
                                    Ordovician
                                    Silurian
                                    Devonian

2.4 Eastern Newfoundland

2.5 Great Britain

2.6 Russia

2.7 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Reputable Originals of Moroccan Trilobite Assemblies and Single Specimens
Moroccan Trilobite Reproductions (Fakes)
Trilobites from Other Reputable Worldwide Sources

3 The Eyes of Trilobites
 
Acknowledgments
References
Index to Genera

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“Is there a more enviable person on Earth than Riccardo Levi-Setti? Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of Chicago, former director of the Enrico Fermi Institute, Guggenheim Fellow, Fellow of the American Physical Society, recipient of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and the Leonardo da Vinci Award of the Order Sons of Italy in America, inventor of the high-resolution scanning ion microprobe . . . and author of three photo-rich volumes on the subject of his avocation, trilobites. . . . Now, nearly four decades after the first Atlas, Levi-Setti has published the book says he has long wanted to but could not because of the prohibitive production costs—a full-color compilation of trilobite photos. The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey is not a third edition of the original Atlas. It is instead a very personal tour of trilobites the author has known and the expeditions he took in collecting them. . . . Every reader of A Visual Journey will identify their own ‘OMG’ image. . . . A great gift for anyone who answers ‘Trilobite!’ to the question, ‘What is your favorite fossil?’”