The story of life on Earth through the planet's major mass extinctions. In book three, it's trilobites, some of the first anthropods. TV scientist Professor Ben Garrod presents a unique exploration of major mass extinctions and how they affected the most iconic animals ever to walk swim, waddle or stalk our planet. A collectable, full-colour eight-book series, illustrated by foremost palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto.
50,000 species of trilobites had survived for over 300 million years, and two mass extinctions. Then came the End Permian mass extinction, now known as the Great Dying. The trilobites were some of the first arthropods – animals with jointed legs – which now includes insects and their relatives. But then they were gone, with the greatest mass extinction ever leaving the oceans, lands and skies almost empty. Ben Garrod explores the trilobites' evolution, anatomy, behaviour, habitat and food chain to reveal what led to their extinction.
With an additonal 'Ask the Expert' section, stunning full-colour art on every page, glossary and pronunciation guide, each book will reveal a different extinction story, from mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega volcanoes, to over-hunting by humans and habitat destruction.
Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio and is trustee and ambassador of a number of key conservation organisations. His previous books include So You Think You Know About... Dinosaurs? and The Chimpanzee and Me, published by Zephyr.
Gabriel Ugueto is a scientific illustrator, palaeoartist and herpetologist based in Miami, Florida. His work reflects the latest scientific hypotheses about the animals he reconstructs, and his illustrations have appeared in books, museums, journals, magazines, and TV documentaries.