This book is the result of 10 years of scientific study of trilobites by the St. Petersburg Paleontological Laboratory team. Over the course of 20 years, the authors have found and prepared more than 18,000 specimens of Russian Ordovician trilobites, the world's biggest collection. Several representative specimens for each species were used for Ordovician Trilobites of the St. Petersburg Region, Russia.
This book is one of the most comprehensive publications about trilobites of the region and contains descriptions of 209 trilobite species found near St. Petersburg. More than 100 Russian Ordovician trilobite species are described for the first time using good quality, complete specimens, rather than fragments. All high-resolution photos of the trilobites were taken from complete specimens found by the authors. The work also covers almost all published data about the trilobites of the region, Ordovician stratigraphy and palaeontology, and the 70 pages of references contain more than 1600 publications.
Using the images in this book, and specially prepared key tables readers may easily identify their own specimens. Ordovician Trilobites of the St. Petersburg Region, Russia will be useful for professional and amateur palaeontologists, curators of palaeontological museums, and trilobite collectors.
"For decades prior to the fall of communism in the late '80s, rumours of stupendous Russian fossil reserves had been reported by palaeontologists lucky enough to have visited behind the Iron Curtain. Tightly sequestered rooms in major Soviet museums were practically bursting at the seams with material collected everywhere from the flat tundras of Siberia to the hilly Permian cliffs of Estonia.
Those western scientists who had been invited on rare Russian field expeditions between the years of 1917 and 1989 often returned with glowing reports of strata bulging with ammonites, trilobites and vertebrate material of all sorts and ages. Yet, with most Soviet scientists having their interests focused upon more pressing matters than the collection of fossils, and with the notorious KGB as well as the Soviet government carefully regulating the export of their nation's "natural resources", few if any of these Eastern European treasures ever found their way out of their homeland and onto the open market.
By the early '90s, however, all that had begun to change. At major fossil and mineral shows such as those held annually at Tucson and Munich, magnificent and unique Russian fossil specimens began to surface. And of all the Russian fossil material that suddenly began appearing in western markets at that time, little drew as much attention from the both the scientific and collecting community as the beautifully bizarre assortment of trilobites that were being pulled out of the hillsides along the Wolchow Valley near St. Petersburg. With their shiny caramel-colored exoskeleton contrasting dramatically against a light tan matrix, and incredible three-dimensional preservation, these ancient arthropods (400-450 million years old) soon became the rage of fossil collectors everywhere. Now, for the first time, a definitive work has been published on the Ordovician trilobites of Russia, and it may well rank as the most compelling and fascinating book ever put together on the subject of trilobites.
Featuring 544 pages, filled with nearly 700 beautiful colour photos of over 200 different trilobite species, Ordovician Trilobites of the St. Petersburg Region, Russia, is a feast for both the eyes and mind. This coffee-table sized volume, which clocks in at an impressive 5+ pounds in weight, represents a decade's worth of cumulative work by the book's three authors. From the most common Asaphid to the rarest Lichid$, they're all here in their surprisingly spinose glory... complete specimens that stand in sharp contrast to the often fragmentary material so often featured in scientific literature. Indeed, this is a work that will invariably prove useful to both the trilobite-obsessed collector as well as the most high-minded academic. [...] This is far from an inexpensive acquisition. But aside from the "classic" (and soon to be completely revised) 1959 treatise on trilobites, Ordovician Trilobites of the St. Petersburg Region, Russia stands as the must-have volume for everyone even remotely interested in trilobites."
– Andy Secher, Field Associate, American Museum Of Natural History