Trilobite References

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Trilobite Reference Sources

Trilobite Books:
Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, by Richard Fortey
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind, by Richard Fortey
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, by Richard Fortey
Trilobites, by Riccardo Levi-Setti
Trilobites (Fossils Illustrated), by H.B. Whittington

The scientific bible for Subphylum Trilobita are books within the prodigious Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Volume O, published and sold by the Geological Society of America through the University of Kansas (usually just called "the Treatise" by trilobite aficionados). Trilobites are divided into nine Orders. The original treatise, first published in 1959, covered 8 Orders. In a major effort, Trilobita is under revision. Harpetida has been recently split from the Ptychopariida. The first volume of the revised Treatise covering two Orders, Agnostida and Redlichiida, was published in 1997. We await this effort's completion for the final volume to incorporate the other seven orders.

Trilobites occupy a special place in the hearts of collectors and professionals alike. To these cohorts: "trilobites are very pretty". Riccardo Levi- Setti in his book "Trilobites" describes them as the butterflies of seas. Richard Fortey's more recent book "Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution" wonderfully projects this professional paleontologist's love of trilobites. There are also many wonderful websites that reflect a labor of love of the webmaster; particularly among these is Sam Gon's site, "A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites" that is, at once, artistic and a distilation a huge amount of science into concise, non-recondite language and illustrations. I'm sure Sam's site has and will continue to increase the number of people who consider that trilobites to bevery pretty.

Kaesler RL, ed. 1997. Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part O, Volume 1, revised, Trilobita. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.

Other Trilobite References:

  • Ebach, M.C. & K.J. McNamara. 2002. A systematic revision of the family Harpetidae (Trilobita). Records of the Western Australian Museum 21:135-67.
  • Fortey RA 1990. Ontogeny, hypostome attachment and trilobite classification. Palaeontology 33:529-576.
  • Fortey RA. 2000 Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution. HarperCollins, London.
  • Fortey RA. 2001. Trilobite systematics: The last 75 years. Journal of Paleontology 75:1141–1151.