Trilobites of Black Cat Mountain
About the Book
- A photographic guide to Oklahoma’s Devonian trilobites.
- The geological history of Coal County, Oklahoma.
- Descriptions of rock formations where trilobites are found.
- Excavation and restoration of trilobites.
Trilobites are a well-known fossil group, possibly second most famous only to dinosaurs. With their easily fossilized exoskeleton, they left an extensive and diverse fossil record. They began a drawn-out decline to extinction during Late Devonian time, when all but one of the trilobite orders died out.
This meticulously researched reference guide is a photographic atlas and descriptive compendium on the trilobites of Coal County, Oklahoma. The species described lived during the Lower Devonian in a shallow tropical ocean that had advanced over the landscape of North America. More than twenty species are exquisitely preserved in Oklahoma’s limestone rocks.
Each species is carefully illustrated, including thorough descriptions, so that those familiar and unfamiliar can understand and appreciate these amazing creatures. The most current scientific research on these trilobites is also included. For those wishing to pursue a deeper interest in trilobites, a comprehensive bibliography lists hundreds of sources of information for further study.
About the Author
George Hansen has a PhD in chemical physics from Rice University. His lifetime hobby has been geology and paleontology, collecting fossils and reading both casual and professional literature from these fields. He lives in Texas with his wife and son where he works for an engineering and technical think tank.