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Richard Fortey

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... Read More

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Dry Storeroom No. 1
Written by Richard Fortey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$18.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27552-3 (0-307-27552-3)

A remarkable 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... Read more

Written by Richard Fortey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70620-2 (0-375-70620-8)

In Earth, the acclaimed author of Trilobite! and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s physical past, showing how the history of plate tectonics is etched in the landscape around us.


Beginning with Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption in Roman times helped spark the science of geology, and ending in... Read more

Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
Written by Richard Fortey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2012
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27553-0 (0-307-27553-1)

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

Written by Richard Fortey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1999
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70261-7 (0-375-70261-X)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide-eyed wonder."--The Boston Globe

From its origins on... Read more

Written by Richard Fortey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70621-9 (0-375-70621-6)

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

The Wood for the Trees
Written by Richard Fortey
Knopf | Hardcover | December 2016
$28.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87575-9 (1-101-87575-5)

From the author of Earth: An Intimate History, an exuberant "biography" of four acres of woodland, evoking a cosmos of living and inanimate things and imagining its millennia of existence

A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The... Read more