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