Tyndall Stone Trilobite


Collection: Geology & Paleontology

Catalogue number: I-220
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Trilobita
Scientific name: Bumastoides tenuirugosus
Geological Period: Late Ordovician (about 450 million years old)
Origin: Manitoba, Canada


Product Description

Trilobites are extinct arthropods (joint-legged animals) related to insects, crabs and spiders. This trilobite was collected from the famous Tyndall Stone quarries at Garson, Manitoba. Trilobites are rare in Tyndall Stone, but Tyndall Stone trilobites such as this Bumastoides tenuirugosus can be beautifully preserved.

Trilobites lived in ancient seas from the Early Cambrian Period (about 520 million years ago) until the end of the Permian Period (about 252 million years ago). Different trilobites had different diets; some were free-swimming predators while others were scavengers or grazers. It is thought that this unusual trilobite spent much of its life sitting near the top of its burrow in the seafloor, feeding by pulling plankton from the water.

$100 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the specimen means to you
  • Tax receipt for $100