A Trilobite Fossil
We were contacted by a teacher to help explain how Trilobite fossils formed, how old they were and what Trilobites actually looked like. We were happy to email over a fact sheet all about the Trilobita and to send over some pictures of Trilobite reconstructions along with some photographs of fossils.
A Photograph of a Trilobite Fossil
We received a lovely email in return thanking us for providing such a lot of useful teaching material and for being so responsive. The fossil above shows the headshield (cephalon) and the trunk but the tail-piece (pygidium) is missing. We are not sure what family of Trilobita this fossil comes from. As Trilobites shed their exoskeletons in order to grow (moulting), most Trilobite fossils are actually shed shells, rather than the corpses of dead animals. Whatever the species, we are always keen to see pictures of Trilobites and we were happy to help out the teacher.