Trilobites - Trilobites: Body Armor and A Rolling Defense...

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Trilobites: Body Armor and A Rolling Defense Trilobites, existing today only in fossil form, was an early arthropod. When life exploded into animal form marking the beginning of the Paleozoic, it was this prolific arthropod that became the signpost for the Era. It came into existence approximately 450 million years ago at the beginning of the Paleozoic Era in the Cambrian Period. It flourished in the ancient seas for close to 300 million years.So, what was this ancient arthropod and what about it inspires such fondness among students of all ages? Could it be its unusual body armor that allowed for unique defense mechanisms? Perhaps it’s the almost friendly appearance, with its prominent “face.” Or is it simply because of its broad diversity among the remnants of a long extinct species? A close look at this ancient creature reveals a certain familiarity, sharing characteristics with modern-day species known to us all. I’ve already mentioned that it was one of the first arthropods. Arthropods still
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