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Collections from Storage: A Visit to our Hidden Treasures


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The Trilobite, an ancestor of the Horseshoe Crab, lived around 515 million years ago. It moved about in the silty mud at the bottom of the sea, where it lived by extracting organic particles which it found.

This Trilobite, a member of the Ogygopsis klotzi species, was collected at Mount Stephen in British Columbia. This site is so rich that many museums and universities around the world have an example in their collection. This species has thus become a reference for the trilobites of the Cambrian, because they are so rarely found elsewhere in the world.

This specimen was a donation from the Musée Georges-Préfontaine at the Université de Montréal, in Quebec.

This rock contains many dozens of trilobites.

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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