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The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey [Hardcover]

Riccardo Levi-setti

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27 Jun 2014
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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"Now at last we have a book that reveals in exquisite detail and admirable depth the nature of the most fascinating of ancient life: the trilobites.... This extraordinary group of primitive arthropods deserves wider appreciation, and I can think of no better way to find out more about them than to purchase a copy of this book, open it up, and just drink in page after page of pure trilobites." (Natural History)"

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What More Can Be Said But: Excellent! 21 May 2014
By Michael Carl Eaton - Published on
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For any trilobite lover, this is a Must book. This is not just a color version of his earlier book "Trilobites"; it is a brand-new book with different text and fantastic color photos of incredible, perfectly prepared specimens from all over the world. Levi-Setti has shown that careful and clever photography can reveal details in specimens unseen in black and white photography and simply by naked eye. You go from page to page marveling at the creativeness of natural selection and the skill of the author in capturing it with a digital camera.

Riccardo Levi-Setti has an ingratiating and informative style in his writing. His stories of how he himself discovered some of the fossils are very entertaining, and his descriptions and explanations of all the fossils are clear and concise. His love of trilobites shines in every page. He makes you want to grab a geologist's hammer, find the nearest shale, and start banging away. I live in Utah, and three hours from me, in Millard County, up in the dry mountains, can be found some of the best places in the world for trilobite hunting. Because of Levi-Setti's and Richard Fortey's books, my wife and I -- in our sixties -- now have a home with our own little zoo of trilobites.

If you, too, have your own little zoo, you will want -- desire -- this book. If you have never seen a trilobite in your life, read this book and be prepared to fall in love with little creatures that have been dead for some 200 million years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FROM AMNH TRILOBITE SITE 3 Jun 2014
By triloking - Published on
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From the American Museum of Natural History Trilobite Site

When Ricardo Levi-Setti’s book Trilobites was first released more than two decades ago, it served to transform the world’s understanding and appreciation of these famed arthropods. With a detailed text that was still accessible to the layman, and hundreds of spectacular black & white photographs of specimens from throughout the world-- drawn from both museum holdings and private collections-- the book stood at the foundation of a true trilobite renaissance. By introducing scientists and amateur enthusiasts to the then-just-burgeoning material emerging from Morocco and Russia as well as featuring world-class specimens from legendary locales throughout North America and Europe, Trilobites was a tome truly revolutionary in nature.
Much has changed both in the world of trilobites and the world in general since that volume’s 1993 release. Improved preparation techniques have made spectacular trilobites relatively common occurrences, while the internet has made the acquisition of such specimens available to just about anyone with sufficient interest and the funds to afford them. Thus the appearance of Levi-Setti’s latest effort, The Trilobite Book, comes across as somewhat anticlimactic.
This time the text is held to a minimum so that the focus can be on presenting the trilobites in their full-color glory. While the book does feature material from such varied paleontological ports as the Czech Republic, Great Britain and North Africa, and some of the planet’s leading scientific institutions contribute images of their prized specimens, unfortunately the “wow” factor employed so effectively in Levi-Setti’s previous work, is here conspicuously absent. Many of the specimens now figured— especially the renowned Pardoxides from Canada’s Manuels River— have been previously seen in Levi-Setti’s earlier books, while a simple click on the internet will instantly produce even more breathtaking examples of exotic trilobites.
If you own Levi-Setti’s seminal 1993 work, or even his earlier 1979 effort, then you will probably want to add The Trilobite Book to your fossil bookshelf. But if it is to serve as your starting point for trilobite-related material, there are better, more exciting places to begin.
5.0 out of 5 stars If You've Seen One Trilobite, You Have NOT Seen Them All! 14 July 2014
By dstrong - Published on
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Professor Levi-Setti has written -- and lavishly illustrated, mostly with his own photographs -- a highly personal and incredibly accessible remembrance of his quest for, and encounters with, fossil trilobites, the long-extinct denizens of ancient seas. The exquisite photography is reason enough to leaf through this book, but Levi-Setti's introductions to the book and to each of its sections certainly engaged this reader in the author's adventures of discovery. The more than 200 photographs illustrate the incredible diversity and complexity of trilobites over a few hundred million years, an ever-apt reminder of the great wonder and mystery of Life itself.
5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful trilobites and in full color 12 July 2014
By Gary Raham - Published on
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This is an excellent extension of Levi-Setti's earlier trilobite books, both in the addition of species and the use of color. The photography is superb. The "trilobite obsessed" will easily appreciate this book, but anyone will be amazed by the diversity this ancient creatures demonstrate.
5.0 out of 5 stars A note from Riccardo's wife! 4 July 2014
By Nls - Published on
As the author/photographer's wife and "sous chef" trilobite equivalent to Riccardo, I feel it necessary to point out that this book is the third in a series of his books and serves as a companion work to the previous more scientific editions. --Nika
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