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East Tennessee State University Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site will present  Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas , an exhibition featuring more than 200 actual Trilobite specimens and Trilobite artifacts. The exhibit will open on Saturday, July 25th and run through Wednesday, November 11th.   

The featured Trilobites range in date from 550 million years ago to about 320 million years ago. These ancient sea creatures lived, thrived and became extinct – long before the age of Dinosaurs. The Trilobites are actual specimens from the ancient Paleozoic period.   

Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas will present prepared specimens, original artworks, items of trilobite jewelry and assorted artifacts highlighting the fascination of these fossils in the United States and around the world. Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas is arranged in a way to tell the story of Trilobite discovery, history, research and preparation of these ancient fossils.

The exhibit contains fossils from the Middle Cambrian period some 530 Million years ago to the Mississippian Period of about 320 Million years ago. The exhibit discusses by way of actual specimens, text panels and hands on discovery the trilobite fossils of the world and the United States. Once these creatures actually crawled along the large inland sea that once covered what is now the state of Michigan. Actual preparation tools and techniques will be on display along with various unique artifacts from around the world.


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