TRILOBITES of Black Cat Mountain George P. Hansen
Good Books

Beside the excellent resources available from the Oklahoma Geological Survey, many others are readily available from libraries or web-based book stores.  Below is a list of informative and enjoyable books that provide general background on trilobites and the Paleozoic Era.  Those having relevance to the Devonian Period are shown near the top.  This compilation will be updated periodically as new books emerge or are identified.

The Back to the Past Museum Guide to Trilobites, ISBN 9788872035153.  This exquisite English translation and updated edition of Enrico Bonino and Carlo Kier's earlier Italian opus (see below) is available through or the publisher at This penultimate, beautifully illustrated book is required reading for anyone seriously interested in a solid and exciting introduction to trilobites.

Advances in Trilobite Research

The Fossils of the Hunsrück Slate: Marine Life in the Devonian (Cambridge Paleobiology Series), C. Bartels, D. E. G. Briggs, G. Brassel

ISBN: 0521117070

ISBN 13: 0-521-11707-0.

The Late Devonian Mass Extinction, The Frasnian/Famennian Crisis, G.R. McGhee, Jr., Critical Moments in Paleobiology & Earth History Series, D.J. Bottjer & R.K. Bambach, editors, Columbia University Press 1996.

ISBN: 0-231-07505-7

Trilobiti - IL Libro del Museo, E. Bonino & C. Kier, Back to the Past Museum, 2009.

ISBN: 978-88-7203-489-7

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Ordovician Trilobites of the St. Petersburg RegionRussia

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Trilobite Record of China, Z. Zhiyi & Z. Yongyi, editors, Science Press, Beijing, 2008.
ISBN: 978-7-03-022175-9

Paleocommunities: a Case Study from the Silurian and Lower Devonian (2 Volume Set), Boucot, A. J. And J. D. Lawson, Eds, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

ISBN: 0521115310 / ISBN-13: 9780521115315

When Life Nearly Died, The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time, M.J. Benton, Thames & Hudson, 2003.
ISBN: 0-500-28573-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-500-28573-2

The Great Paleozoic Crisis, Life and Death in the Permian, D.H.Erwin, Critical Moments in Paleobiology & Earth History Series, D.J. Bottjer & R.K. Bambach, editors, Columbia University Press 1993.
ISBN: 0-231-07466-2

A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region by Richard ArnoldDavisIndiana University Press 2009.
ISBN: 0253-35198-7
ISBN 13: 978-0253-35198-2

The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, B.D. Webby, F. Paris, M.L. Droser and I.G. Percival, editors, Columbia University Press, 2004.
ISBN: 0-231-12678-6

The Cambrian Fossils of ChengjiangChina: The Flowering of Early Animal Life by Xian-guang Hou, Wiley-Blackwell 2007,

ISBN: 1405-16719-X
ISBN 13: 978-1405-16719-2

The Ecology of the Cambrian Radiation, A.Y. Zhuravlev & R. Riding, editors, Columbia University Press 2001.
ISBN: 0-231-10613-0

A broad range of books on trilobites can be found on the trilobite webring.  An even wider range of books from general paleontology can be found on the paleo webring.