Museums don't know everything.
In 2006 was asked visitors to tell us what they knew about this object.
We asked people to write a brief label about this object: a memory, an interesting fact, something you notice, even a poem.
your rocks are shiny and have lots of texture
Check it out! Not one, not two, but THREE published poems about trilobites!
"Ode to a Trilobite," 1840
By Timothy A. Conrad
"Lay of the Trilobite," 1887
By May Kendall
(Kind of funny, in a geeky sort of way.)
"Ode to a Trilobite," 1935
By Frank P. Ziedler
(Yes, that Frank P. Zeidler!)
My son and I very much enjoyed these poems, especially May Kendall's "Lay of the Trilobite." Thanks for sharing!
this looks like me...........
It's pretty sweet!
This object looks like a snake
uh, it's cool
I know that trilobites aren't real they are fake.
i know nothing. what do you know?
This object teaches us that the scope of human history is brief, and that we must choose our course wisely.
this tribolite looks like an amphibian!!!
A Trilobite haiku
Trilobites are dead.
Electronic ones hold sway.
Bow to trilobytes!
This looks like a fossilized baked potato.
This looks like a fossilized fish!
this rock almost looks like a fish
I like your fossils the model just like the real ones almost
They have really big eyes!!!!!!!
i have noticed that the real tribolite fossil is less distinct then the model. the model has markkings that are much more pronounced than the real fossil!!!
my science teacher has some of these and he knows a lot about them. we saw some of them in class one day. they are so cool.
they do look the same but they have some diffrent things about them and one has to boumps on the head and the other dosent there are alot of diffrent things and thsame things.
Fossils are always relly cool and this one is awsome!! Check it out!!!
it is old
it is very very old
This is a trilobyte.
So, I'm not so sure exactly what I'm supposed to do with this, but I must say that although the model merely represents the original, it still should look like it. The example given shows that the model differs vastly in such a sense that I can't tell the original truly is what the model represents. In fact, it hardly looks like the original at all. The model looks too fake and I believe it would be a greater experience if it looked like the real deal. It would be like visitors are actually seeing a piece of the past, and that would be more impacting. Having it look too fake gives away the fact that it actually IS fake and that is not impressive or impressionable at all. Um...Have a nice day!
I already sent in one, but I just realized I never gave alternatives to what you are already doing. Since the model doesn't look like the original fossil, and the original fossil doesn't look like the original animals itself, perhaps if you made a model that looked like the original and put a diagram of the actual specimen as it would appear alive, then people could get that authentic experience and still recognize what it really looked like. ...No matter how hard I tried to make this grammatically correct, I'm pretty sure there's loads wrong with it. Sorry...I tried to make your job easier. and again I say...Have a nice day!
way cool!!!I think it should be minobite.
roses are red
violets are blue
they are fossils
and they are very old too
i think that it is totally amazing how you guys can make a model like this..........it looks so real but then it also looks fake because it's so shiny and smooth...u gotta make it look like a fossil
thats true..as long as it looks real...
I think itlooks like a rock with eyes and kind of like a fish.
The model fish has eyes sculpted, and its scale lines go in the opposite direction of the original.
Large Ancient Worm Eater!
This animal ate worms and other animals at the bottom of large bodies of water.
It is the largest Trilobite found in Minnesota.
WOW!!! We LOVE the TRILOBITES!!! It's amazing how old they are!!!
i think this is a fish fossel of some type...its cool!
I think that this fossile looks like a rare pokemon!
It looks pretty cool ^_^
The Trillobite fossil looks like a rock.
It is a cousin to crabs and lobsters.
It is nine inches long.
I don't know if it can really be 450 years old, though. I don't think the earth is that old.
The trilobite in the photo/case isn't 450 years old. It's 450 MILLION years old!
Scientists think the Earth is somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.6 BILLION years old.
Judging from the severity of the erosion to the central corpal region I would wage the estimated age of this fossil to be: "very old."
Side note: In some cultures we may consider this a rock...
I like this rock
it has grooves and crevices
just like a rock
according to my approximations... the original trilobite is approximately the size and type of the model trilobite fossil. the end.
cool fossil. My mom and I are mineral collectors and have a large collection.
Every time we come we learn something new about something we have. We have alot
of fun here. Our favorite thing is the great big armadillo fossil (skeleton?)
the trilobite is an old, dead fossil that lived here a long, long time ago.
i went to the science museum and saw a computer thing. then i looked at the trilobite fossil thing.peace.
i think that is a fish fossil i think that is looks very weird. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! oh and by the way i like the body worlds
wow this is one huge trilobite
it looks like an earth worm/beetle!
i totally agree!
I think this is a pretty small piece of life. But then again everyone needs to live their life to the fullest, not just study these things all day.waste of time. then again, this is entertaiment
dark, like chocolate...
shiny, like shiny sparkles on the water...
two dots,...like eyes
this looks like a fish. it's got huge eyes and the little wavy lines could possible be some kind of layers of skin or else the evidence of receding water lines? maybe the tides or not? it's got an impression that could be a sort of fin or some object was laying on top at one point.
Thank you for letting me come to your museum and explore the world that I didn't know about before I really appreciate it a lot.
Sincerly, Brianna Paige
this is an ancient shoe... obviously
they look similar! good job
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I noticed that there is a lot more cracks in the original than the model. (well duh! but oh well) and why is there so much grey stuff on the original?
a strange rock, wow
this fossil looks like a rock! i wouldn't ever have known it was a fossil if i ever found it!! :)
It looks like a platypus
this is a primitive life form from long ago. it was a sea creature. it was fossilized when it died & sunk to the bottom of the sea.
thus apon the ocean we found yee
To me that fossil was pretty cool. I didn't know that the largest Trilobite fossil was found in Minnesota. That's a pretty old fossil...
This is Minnesota's largest trilobite. It's NOT the largest trilobite in the world. Sorry for the confusion.
a humongeous turtle shell.
my brother says it looks like an ancient football... mom thinks it looks like a fish! i think this keyboard is really hard to type on!
I remember back in the day we used to eat these things
Trilobites lived over 450 million years ago. They had the first complex eyes and some were so well preserved, scientists have used them for camera lenses. Some were only the size of walnuts while others were the size of your armspan. Because of their exoskeletons, (skeletons that are on the outside of the body), they could roll up into balls for protection.
Well, I wasn't sure about this camera lens stuff so I posted a question to Yahoo Answers to see if I could get any insight.
While trilobites do have very unique calcite eyes, I don't think they were ever used as camera lenses. But I could always be wrong.
I think that I like this because it is sooooo old!! Its like looking at an ancestor!!!!!
Trilobites were around during the time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Trilobites can be found in many places all over the U.S.A, such as Minnasota and Utah, just to name a few. I bought some trilobites in Arizona and I think that they are so cool.
Trilobites can be found in many places, and they were extremely successful organisms, but they didn't coexist with dinosaurs. Trilobites became entirely extinct at the end of the Permian, some 251 million years ago, while dinosaurs arose during the Triassic and lasted through the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago. Trilobites ARE really cool.
looks like russet potato
On the fossil you are unable to see any legs. Even though it is a realitive of a crab or lobster.
this is a one of kind model of a trilobite. the real thing looks really oldso the meuseum made a fake one that looks a lot more new than that old scratched up one!
your reply is good i like it.
Ode to a trilobite
I am a trilobite fossil found at a dig
The scientist were surprised at
my size so big
I am 9 inches long and I've lost my head
But it doesn't matter any more because as a fossil - I'm dead!
But the scientists made a model so you can see
What I looked like before the earth fossilized me
sweet poem. very creative.
You can find your own Trilobite in Utah and bring them home.
horse shoe crab
I rock dude, literally.
The Trilobite is commonly accepted as the oldest known complex organism after mother-in-laws.
this is an exotic species of what is now-a-days called a fossil. they are very fasinationg and once lived in oceans and seas around the world.
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