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Richard Fortey
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Richard Fortey was a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of several books, including Fossils: The Key to the Past; The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993; Life: A Natural History of Four Billion Years of Life on Earth; Trilobite!, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Earth: An Intimate History; and Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science from Rockefeller University and the Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society. He was president of the Geological Society of London during its bicentennial year in 2007 and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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Dry Storeroom No. 1
The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $18.95

Aremarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls... Read more >
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Dry Storeroom No. 1

Written by Richard Fortey


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Earth
An Intimate History
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $20.00

From the acclaimed author of Life and Trilobite!, a fascinating geological exploration of the earth’s distant history as revealed by its natural wonders.

The face of the earth, crisscrossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed and changed again over billions of years, and the testament of... Read more >
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Earth
An Intimate History
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95

From one of the world’s leading natural scientists and the acclaimed author of Trilobite!, Life: A Natural History of Four Billion Years of Life on Earth and Dry Storeroom No. 1 comes a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that... Read more >
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Life
A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $17.00

From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo Sapiens—Fortey's account of how and why life developed as it did is informed with a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm that not only educates but excites the imagination. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field... Read more >
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Life
A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Trilobite
Eyewitness to Evolution
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $16.95

With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.

Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million years ago. As bewilderingly diverse then as the beetle... Read more >
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Trilobite
Eyewitness to Evolution
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $13.99

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