Write your own label for this Trilobite fossil

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 Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your rocks are shiny and have lots of texture
thanks you

posted on Fri, 06/30/2006 - 2:10pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

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!)

posted on Sat, 07/01/2006 - 2:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 11:28am
Laura's picture
Laura says:

My son and I very much enjoyed these poems, especially May Kendall's "Lay of the Trilobite." Thanks for sharing!

posted on Sat, 07/08/2006 - 12:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this looks like me...........

posted on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 12:01pm
Maggie's picture
Maggie says:

It's pretty sweet!

posted on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 12:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This object looks like a snake

posted on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 12:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

uh, it's cool

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 10:15am
Dino Jim's picture
Dino Jim says:

I know that trilobites aren't real they are fake.

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 10:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i know nothing. what do you know?

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 11:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This object teaches us that the scope of human history is brief, and that we must choose our course wisely.

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 12:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this tribolite looks like an amphibian!!!

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 3:00pm
Bob Scopatz's picture
Bob Scopatz says:

A Trilobite haiku

Trilobites are dead.
Electronic ones hold sway.
Bow to trilobytes!

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 5:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like a fossilized baked potato.

posted on Tue, 07/04/2006 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like a fossilized fish!

posted on Tue, 07/04/2006 - 11:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this rock almost looks like a fish

posted on Tue, 07/04/2006 - 2:42pm
young x's picture
young x says:

I like your fossils the model just like the real ones almost

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 8:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They have really big eyes!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 9:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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!!!

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 12:47pm
Annymonous's picture
Annymonous says:

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.

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 3:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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.

posted on Thu, 07/06/2006 - 8:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Fossils are always relly cool and this one is awsome!! Check it out!!!

posted on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 10:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is old

posted on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 1:15pm
max's picture
max says:

it is very very old

posted on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 1:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a trilobyte.

posted on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 6:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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!

posted on Sat, 07/08/2006 - 4:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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!

posted on Sat, 07/08/2006 - 4:22pm
bridet's picture
bridet says:

way cool!!!I think it should be minobite.

posted on Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

roses are red
violets are blue
they are fossils
and they are very old too

posted on Sun, 07/09/2006 - 3:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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

posted on Sun, 07/09/2006 - 7:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thats true..as long as it looks real...

posted on Tue, 07/11/2006 - 5:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think itlooks like a rock with eyes and kind of like a fish.

posted on Mon, 07/10/2006 - 5:07pm
Lindsay's picture
Lindsay says:

The model fish has eyes sculpted, and its scale lines go in the opposite direction of the original.

posted on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 2:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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.

posted on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 5:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 6:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

its cool

posted on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 7:58pm
Angie and Nancy's picture
Angie and Nancy says:

WOW!!! We LOVE the TRILOBITES!!! It's amazing how old they are!!!

posted on Thu, 07/13/2006 - 10:39am
shell's picture
shell says:

i think this is a fish fossel of some type...its cool!

posted on Thu, 07/13/2006 - 1:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that this fossile looks like a rare pokemon!

posted on Thu, 07/13/2006 - 6:56pm
Rachel :-)'s picture
Rachel :-) says:

It looks pretty cool ^_^

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 11:59am
Will's picture
Will says:

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.

posted on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 12:52pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Hi, Will.

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.

posted on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 12:55pm
Sheaaay Butter's picture
Sheaaay Butter says:

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...

posted on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 4:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like this rock
it has grooves and crevices
it rocks
just like a rock

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 10:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

according to my approximations... the original trilobite is approximately the size and type of the model trilobite fossil. the end.

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 11:31am
Emily Schulenburg's picture
Emily Schulenburg says:

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?)

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 1:12pm
aiyana's picture
aiyana says:

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.

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 3:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 5:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow this is one huge trilobite

posted on Sun, 07/16/2006 - 5:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like an earth worm/beetle!

posted on Mon, 07/17/2006 - 10:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i totally agree!

posted on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 10:04am
a very cool person's picture

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

posted on Mon, 07/17/2006 - 3:44pm
chaz's picture
chaz says:

dark, like chocolate...
shiny, like shiny sparkles on the water...
two dots,...like eyes

posted on Mon, 07/17/2006 - 5:24pm
desiree wright's picture
desiree wright says:

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.

posted on Tue, 07/18/2006 - 9:09am
Elaine's picture
Elaine says:

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

posted on Wed, 07/19/2006 - 1:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is an ancient shoe... obviously

posted on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 10:20am
Anna's picture
Anna says:

they look similar! good job

posted on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 12:22pm
Harriet's picture
Harriet says:

Hello. The Minnesota Science Museum is an amazing adventure that would take one to another place such as above the rainbow. And I would like to point out that the Body Worlds are very interesting and the "Baby Stages" were my favorite part. Thank You again.

-Harriet Waterman (your biggest fan!!!)

posted on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 1:48pm
hallie burns's picture
hallie burns says:

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?

posted on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 5:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a strange rock, wow

posted on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 11:27am
Megan Olsen's picture
Megan Olsen says:

this fossil looks like a rock! i wouldn't ever have known it was a fossil if i ever found it!! :)

posted on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:01pm
Elmo's picture
Elmo says:

It looks like a platypus

posted on Sat, 07/22/2006 - 2:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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.

posted on Sat, 07/22/2006 - 2:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thus apon the ocean we found yee

posted on Sun, 07/23/2006 - 12:01pm
KT's picture
KT says:

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...

posted on Sun, 07/23/2006 - 3:46pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

This is Minnesota's largest trilobite. It's NOT the largest trilobite in the world. Sorry for the confusion.

posted on Sun, 07/23/2006 - 7:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a humongeous turtle shell.

posted on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 12:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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!

posted on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 2:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I remember back in the day we used to eat these things

posted on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 2:43pm
Anonymous person's picture
Anonymous person says:

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.

posted on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 7:03pm
bryan kennedy's picture

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.

posted on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 8:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that I like this because it is sooooo old!! Its like looking at an ancestor!!!!!

posted on Sat, 07/29/2006 - 10:42am
Hannah Elizabeth Blomgren's picture
Hannah Elizabeth Blomgren says:

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.

posted on Sat, 07/29/2006 - 7:34pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

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.

posted on Sun, 07/30/2006 - 8:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks like russet potato

posted on Sun, 07/30/2006 - 2:12pm
Virginia Norder's picture
Virginia Norder says:

On the fossil you are unable to see any legs. Even though it is a realitive of a crab or lobster.

posted on Sun, 07/30/2006 - 2:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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!

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 7:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your reply is good i like it.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 11:25am
Kathryn's picture
Kathryn says:

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

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 9:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sweet poem. very creative.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:37pm
Maiya's picture
Maiya says:

You can find your own Trilobite in Utah and bring them home.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 9:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

horse shoe crab

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I rock dude, literally.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:30pm
Mark's picture
Mark says:

The Trilobite is commonly accepted as the oldest known complex organism after mother-in-laws.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 6:57pm
sara and emily's picture
sara and emily says:

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.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 8:04pm