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
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.
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."
Andrew Scott's Triloblog