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Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution

by Richard Fortey
New York: Vintage, 2001. 320 pages

Reviewing Trilobite! for RNCSE, Kevin Padian wrote, "Fortey has a lot to teach about trilobite structure, diversity, and evolution, but his book is far less pedestrian and far more engaging than a more text-like treatment would have been. Rather, he has used trilobites as a vehicle to explain a great many aspects of evolution, geologic history, and how we know what we know about these ancient animals and the problems that they illuminate. Besides, his prose is genial and knowledgeable ... We in the field of evolution are lucky to have a great many fine writers, and Richard Fortey is one of the best."