Giant Trilobite


Collection: Geology & Paleontology

Catalogue number:I-2950

Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Trilobita
Scientific name: Isotelus rex
Geological Period: Late Ordovician (about 445 million years old)
Origin: Manitoba, Canada


Product Description

This trilobite was found in 1998 along the shoreline of Hudson Bay, just outside the town of Churchill. Trilobites are extinct arthropods (joint-legged animals) related to insects, crabs and spiders. This specimen, measuring more than 70 cm in length, is the largest complete trilobite ever found, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records! It is the type specimen for the species Isotelus rex. 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; Isotelus rex probably ate live and dead animals on the sea floor. This trilobite may have grown so large because it lived in warm waters with ample food, as Churchill was near the equator at the time.

$500 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption with first rights to continue adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the specimen means to you
  • Tax receipt for $500
  • Invitation to Museum event
  • Option to pay in installments – for more information, call Ashleigh at 204-988-0687