Suggested Reading List
Trilobites of the World: An Atlas of 1000 Photographs
Author: Pete Lawrance and Sinclair Stammers
Description: ISBN-10: 0957453035
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 the 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 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 eye-popping specimens featured in others, Trilobites of the World earns its rightful place among important books for the true trilobite enthusiast.
A field guide to Topaz and associated minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain)
Author: John Holfert
Description: ASIN: B0006QONBU
A field guide to Topaz and associated minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain).
Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals
Author: Patti Polk
Three guide in one: Identification, Values, and Lapidary Uses.
Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced collectors, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from being just someone who appreciates rocks to a true "collector."
Easy to use, quick reference format arranged by category and color of stone. Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials. Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting. Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell. Lists chemical group, systems, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more.
Contains more than 650 full-color photos.
Foreword by Johann Zenz, world renowned agate expert, author and lecturer.
Golden Guide to Fossils
Author: Frank H. T. Rhodes, Paul R. Shaffer, Herbert S. Zim and Raymond Perlman
Description: This introduction to the life of the past as revealed through fossils includes:
Descriptions of the typical plants and animals of major Geological Eras
Maps showing where fossils can be found
the history of the development of life on earth
Full color illustrations and concise information make this an invaluable and enjoyable guide to a fascinating subject. (160 pages).
The Rockhound's Handbook
Author: James R. Mitchell
Description: ISBN-10: 1889786438 | ISBN-13: 978-1889786438 | Edition: second
Revised and expanded 2/E of this popular reference guide for rockhounds and field collectors of rocks, minerals and fossils. Includes expanded sections on basic geology and mineral formation; how to find and identify minerals in the field; collecting tools and techniques; finding gold and other heavy minerals; fossil formation and collecting fossils; the legal aspects of collecting; specimen preparation and display plus the basics of lapidary and jewelry making. Illustrated throughout with photos, diagrams and charts; features 16-page color insert of over 90 specimens; extensive glossary; lists of government agencies and museums and much more. An indispensable how-to book for beginners and a comprehensive reference guide for experienced collectors.
The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey
Author: Riccardo Levi-Setti
Description: ISBN-10: 022612441X
Distant relatives of modern lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and spiders, trilobites swam the planet’s prehistoric seas for 300 million years, from the Lower Cambrian to the end of the Permian eras—and they did so very capably. Trilobite fossils have been unearthed on every continent, with more than 20,000 species identified by science. One of the most arresting animals of our pre-dinosaur world, trilobites are also favorites among the fossil collectors of today, their crystalline eyes often the catalyst for a lifetime of paleontological devotion. And there is no collector more devoted—or more venerated—than Riccardo Levi-Setti. With The Trilobite Book, a much anticipated follow-up to his classic Trilobites, Levi-Setti brings us a glorious and revealing guide to these surreal arthropods of ancient Earth.
Featuring specimens from Bohemia to Newfoundland, California to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and Wales to the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Levi-Setti’s magnificent book reanimates these “butterflies of the seas” in 235 astonishing full-color photographs. All original, Levi-Setti’s images serve as the jumping-off point for tales of his global quests in search of these highly sought-after fossils; for discussions of their mineralogical origins, as revealed by their color; and for unraveling the role of the now-extinct trilobites in our planetary history.
Sure to enthrall palaeontologists with its scientific insights and amateur enthusiasts with its beautiful and informative images, The Trilobite Book combines the best of science, technology, aesthetics, and personal adventure. It will inspire new collectors for eras to come.
Author: P. J. Neri
Description: ISBN 0516223828
Information is presented on Utah's geography, history, landmarks, natural resources, and government. Features include sidebars with fun facts, statistics, biographies, and state name explanations; timelines; a glossary of famous people from each state; recipes; and more.