Trilobite Book Reviews
By Enrico Bonino and Carlo Kier
For many years there has been a pressing need within the fossil community for a “fan friendly” book about trilobites. Oh sure, we've all enjoyed our various Nature Guides and Picture Books which served to first introduce many of us to the wonderful world of paleontology. But when it came to our favorite arthropods, the available literature tended to drift in the direction of desert-dry treatises or doctorate-detailed scientific papers.
TRILOBITES OF NEW YORK: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE
By Thomas E. Whiteley, Gerald J. Kloc and Carlton E. Brett
Even for the most fossil-obsessed among us, it seems safe to say that when images of New York come to mind, rarely are those mental pictures of trilobites. If any book has a fighting chance of changing that attitude, however, it's Trilobites of New York: An Illustrated Guide. Throughout this voluminous tome, the book's three authors present the diverse and beautiful trilobite fauna of the Empire State with an unmistakable passion and a welcomed degree of perception. The state's rich paleontological history-- including the likes of Charles Walcott himself- is also featured right along with detailed descriptions of key fossil localities and revealing photos of the unquestioned stars of the “show”… the state's dizzying array of trilobites.
THE TRILOBITE BOOK
By Ricardo Levi-Setti
ORDOVICIAN TRILOBITES OF THE ST. PETERSBURG REGION
By V. Klikushin, A. Evdokimov, A. Pilipyuk
For decades prior to the fall of communism in the late '80s, rumors of stupendous Russian fossil reserves had been reported by paleontologists lucky enough to have visited behind the Iron Curtain. Tightly sequestered rooms in major Soviet museums were practically bursting at the seams with material collected everywhere from the flat tundra of Siberia to the hilly Permian cliffs of Estonia.
TRILOBITES OF THE WORLD: AN ATLAS OF 1000 PHOTOGRAPHS
By Pete Lawrance and Sinclair Stammers
In recent days it seems there has been a veritable (and welcome) avalanche of new books focused on presenting both the inherent beauty and quirky charms of trilobites. Among the latest is Trilobites of the World: An Atlas of 1000 Photographs, a pleasing and easily digestible display of information and photos that has been carefully assembled by authors Pete Lawrance and Sinclair Stammers. Featuring an impressive array of 1000 photos- which depict over 700 different species in full color- this is a well-designed volume that deftly covers the nearly 300 million year reign of the world's favorite fossilized arthropod.
With Lawrance a leading collector, and Stammers a renowned photographer, the pair make a dynamic duo when it comes to gathering together and presenting specimens from the four corners of the globe. Highlights include beautiful and unusual trilobites from Great Britain (no great surprise considering both of the authors' British roots) as well as recently uncovered material from such paleontological hotbeds as Morocco and Russia. Also featured are eye-catching examples of unusual species from Bolivia, Germany and China. While one could nit-pick and state that the display of North American trilobites featured here is generally less than awe-inspiring, even at its weakest point this “atlas” never fails to be informative and highly entertaining.
The bottom line is that amid the recent flurry of trilo-books, this one will serve as a solid addition to anyone's collection due to both its comprehensive nature and easy-to-handle size. While it may lack the scientific detail found in some volumes, and miss the wow-factor specimens featured in others, Trilobites of the World earns its rightful place among important books for the true trilobite enthusiast.