Saturday, October 27, 2007

Joachim Barrande

Joachim Barrande's detailed etchings of trilobites were only part of his fixation. His observations of the Lower Paleozoic rocks of Bohemia recorded 10 years of analysis of over 35,000 species of graptolites, brachiopoda, mollusca, trilobites and fishes. An archive of his trilobite etchings is hosted by the Smithsonian Institute, and gives us a glimpse of his obsessive attention to detail.

He was no stranger to controversy, and was philosophically aligned with the catastrophists, and opposed the the ideas of Darwin, who favored a more gradual rate of evolutionary change. In his lifetime he issued more than 25 volumes of work as well as various papers about his discoveries and theories. Barrande died on October 5th, 1883. The Barrandov district of Prague was named in his honour. Take some time to enjoy the work of this near-forgotten master.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Trilobite Photos of Peter Cameron


To many people, trilobites are creatures of astonishing beauty. These creatures' primitive appearance is deceptive, for they display an almost architectural intricacy when observed closely. One man who appreciates the myriad of trilobite forms is Peter Cameron. His photographs reveal a vision of diversity and complexity and intimate familiarity with not only trilobites, but the locations where they are found and the way they are brought to light by the workers that excavate their fossilized remains from solid rock.


As a geologist for an oil company, he is required to have extensive knowledge about the creatures whose remains are indicators of geologic time. As a photographer, Peter allows us to look at the subtle details of an astonishingly diverse group of arthropods that ruled the seas for longer than we can truly comprehend. His photographs are the current feature of The Trilobite Show, a site devoted to showcasing the works of those people whose passion for trilobites motivates their expression.



Welcome to Triloblog. This site is intended to be a celebration of an amazingly diverse and truly ancient group of creatures known as trilobites. Though they have been extinct for many millions of years, their preserved remains have excited humans since their discovery.

Here we will look into the phenomena created by our emerging understanding of what trilobites mean as symbols of deep time and amazing biological success. We will also examine their place in art and culture, hopefully gaining an understanding of why a creature that disappeared 250 million years ago can can have a profound effect on the human psyche.


Hopefully, you will enjoy the journey with us as we look at the lives and works of people who seek to understand and express their fascination those enigmatic visitors from the distant past.