SITE VISIT: Trilobitten

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Science  13 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5430, pp. 979
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5430.979b

Paleontologists and amateur fossil hunters share a passion for trilobites, the many-legged marine arthropod that evolved during the Cambrian period and flourished for 300 million years. All those generations left plenty of fossils, making trilobites some of the most widely studied extinct creatures for understanding how species fill niches and diversify. “Kevin's Trilobite Home Page” pulls together a range of trilobite arcana, from the latest conference proceedings to a huge collection of fossil photos.

Webmaster Kevin Brett, a grad student in earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, says his aim is to catalog “all things trilobitological.” You'll find the most recent taxonomy of the class Trilobita down to the family level; an extensive bibliography; tips on buying fossils; and links to museums, journals, excavation sites, and clubs that focus on the erstwhile critter. Hungry for more? The site directs you to a source for chocolate trilobites. You can even check out lyrics from English pop singer Robyn Hitchcock's ode, “Trilobite”: “Basking on the shores of time, the little stone creature ain't dead to the world. They call him trilobite. …” Besides linking to scores of trilobite sites, Brett runs a “Paleo Ring” that connects hundreds of paleontology Web sites.∼kbrett/Trilobites.html

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