For more than 250 million years, the primeval oceans of the Paleozoic teemed with trilobites. These hardy invertebrates evolved into an astonishing array of separate species—more than 25,000 at last count—and much remains unknown about these once-ubiquitous creatures. Fossil enthusiasts are captivated by trilobites’ diversity and adaptability, enthralled by the possibility of catching a glimpse of a transcendently strange past.Andy Secher—one of the most prolific trilobite collectors in the world—takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening journey to the distant epoch when these ancient arthropods swarmed through the seas. The Trilobite Collector’s Guide presents a series of “Top Ten” lists covering everything from celebrated Cambrian localities and world-class fossil shows to invaluable collecting tips and ways to spot a fake trilobite. These brisk and often witty chapters enumerate trilobites in all their beauty and strangeness, from the most common to the ridiculously rare, the outrageously old to the last in line. The Trilobite Collector’s Guide showcases more than 350 full-color photographs, mostly of stunning specimens from Secher’s personal collection, that put trilobites’ staggering variety and complexity on full display. Engaging and informative, this book lets readers see the world of trilobites as it’s never been seen before.
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Andy Secher—one of the most prolific trilobite collectors in the world—takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening journey to the distant epoch when these ancient arthropods swarmed through the seas.
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Foreword: Beetles of the Paleozoic, by Richard ForteyForeword: Ten Reasons to Read This Book, by Melanie J. HopkinsIntroduction: The Trilobite Collector1. 10 Celebrated Cambrian Trilobite Localities2. 10 World-Class Fossil Shows3. 10 Outstanding Ordovician Trilobite Localities4. 10 Essential Figures in Trilobite History5. 10 Significant Silurian Trilobite Localities6. 10 Key Elements of Trilobite Morphology7. 10 Dramatic Devonian Trilobite Localities8. 10 Trilobite Collecting Tips9. 10 Renowned Carboniferous-Permian Trilobite Localities10. 10 Key Curation Details11. 10 Obscure (But Still Significant) Trilobite Localities12. 10 Creatures That Came Before Trilobites13. 10 Eminently Elegant Trilobites14. 10 Time and Trilobite-Related Theories15. 10 Most Common Trilobites16. 10 Ridiculously Rare Trilobites17. 10 Beautiful Bohemian Trilobites18. 10 Outrageously Old Trilobites19. 10 Last-in-Line Trilobites20. 10 Intriguing Trilobite Questions21. 10 Verifiably Ventral Trilobites22. 10 Rock ′n′ Roller Trilobites23. 10 Pertinent Preparation Steps24. 10 Cleverly Colored Trilobites25. 10 Engagingly Eyed Trilobites26. 10 Ways to Spot a Fake Trilobite27. 10 Mass Mortality Trilobites28. 10 Precariously Predated Trilobites29. 10 Magnificent Moroccan Trilobites30. 10 Planet-Spanning Paradoxides31. 10 Distinctly Disarticulated Trilobites32. 10 Beyond Big Trilobites33. 10 Dramatically Dolomitic Trilobites34. 10 Extravagantly Expensive Trilobites35. 10 Spectacularly Spined Trilobites36. 10 Tales Told by Trilobites37. 10 Ways to Value Your Trilobites38. 10 Doppelganger Trilobites39. 10 Legendary Trilobites40. 10 Must-Read Trilobite Books41. 10 Strikingly Strange Trilobites42. 10 Top Trilobite Websites43. 10 Unbelievable Utah Trilobites44. 10 Trilobite Orders45. 10 Significant Soft-Tissue Trilobites46. 10 Top Trilobite Museums47. 10 Top Trilobite Pretenders48. 10 Wonderful Walcott/Rust Trilobites49. 10 Deserving-of-Mention Trilobites50. 10 Revealing Rochester Shale Trilobites51. 10 Tantalizing Trilobite Teasers52. 10 Distinguished Dudley TrilobitesFinal ThoughtGlossary: Trilobite TerminologyIndex
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Wow! I’ve never before seen so many amazing trilobites between the covers of a single book as I have in Andy Secher’s new extravaganza The Trilobite Collector’s Guide. Secher is one of the premier trilobite collectors of the world, and he can tell you everything about what it takes to find, collect, ‘prepare,’ and study trilobites. His photos are amazing. Trilobites are amazing. Be prepared to be dazzled and amazed!
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Biographical note

Andy Secher has been a field associate in paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History for more than two decades. He curates one of the world’s largest private trilobite collections. Secher is the author of Travels with Trilobites: Adventures in the Paleozoic (Columbia, 2022) and was the long-time editor of the rock music magazine Hit Parader.

Richard Fortey is the former head of fossil arthropod research at the Natural History Museum, London.

Melanie J. Hopkins is chair of the Division of Paleontology and curator in charge of fossil invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History.