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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Fossils ➔ Trilobite

This specimen is a raised fossil of a trilobite on shades of gray rock formation.

Trilobites were creatures that lived in oceans and seas millions of years ago. They crawled along the seabed and some types were able to swim. Different species were different sizes with some of the smallest being 1 centimeter long and some of the largest growing to 70 centimeters. 

Trilobites lived on Earth for roughly 300 million years. They are related to crustaceans, spiders, and other insects that are alive today. The name trilobite comes from the fact that their bodies can be divided into three axial sections. 

1" h 4.25" w 2.75" d
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Museum Collection

Discovery Kit: Fossils (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.        

Virtual Discovery Kit: Fossils (April 2020)
Calling all paleontologists! Step back on the geological timeline to explore a variety of plant and animal fossils. Learn all about the science of fossils and how prehistoric creatures lived, ate, and moved about our world.