An excellent, readable book packed with detailed information on how trilobites lived, functioned, evolved, and eventually became extinct. SCIENCE (US)From the Publisher:
In its combination of magnificent pictures and authoritative and well written text this is undoubtedly a book to recommend...the pictures can be studied and appreciated at virtually any level from Junior School to Honours level at university. TEACHING EARTH SCIENCESThe great succession of kinds of trilobites evolved in a world of changing geography and climate. How trilobites were preserved, the kinds of rocks in which they occur, and traces of their activity, are described in order to infer where they lived in ancient seas and their manner of life. Changes in form and recurring trends are discussed; and the search for evolutionary links between kinds of trilobites, as the basis for a natural classification, is reviewed. Contents: Introduction; General character, terminology of exoskeleton, zoological names; Limbs; Anatomy and activity; Growth and moulting; Exoskeleton: form and function; Preservation and occurrence; Distribution in time, evolution and classification; Plates, classification of species figured, explanations of plates and text-figures. H.B. WHITTINGTONis Emeritus Woodwardian Professor of Geology, University of Cambridge; from 1949-66 he was Professor of Geology at Harvard University.
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