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A Trilobite’s Suggestion


ttttttttttt…ttttttttttttttttttttttt…a trilobite, that’s what we’re looking at.

RT likes this fossil of koneprusia brutoni, a Devonian period trilobite, unearthed in Morocco. Maybe it’s just the striking way in which the animal was preserved, on the edge of a large piece of stone; on the other hand, it could be the beast itself, in all its spiny, spiky glory. And the age of the find (420-360 million years old) adds some authority, too.

We have traveled a long way to get to our present state of affairs. The weirdness of the trilobites and other ancient fauna reminds us of the flexibility of life, its ability to adapt to almost any change in conditions. Viewed on this time scale, we are just one more adaptation to a constantly shifting environment; RT, however, likes to think that we get some of our toughness from these distant relatives and will be telling an amazing story to our descendants-in person-at some point in the far future.


PhotoKoneprusia brutoni; author, Didier Descouens. WikiCmns; CC 3.0 unported.




  1. aubrey
    November 26, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I have to confess – this makes me queasy. On the beaches there lives what we call ‘sea roaches’; they look like a cross between a trilobite and cockroach. Which, in a way, they probably are. The first time I saw one, I ran over that rocky, beach-y terrain like a GAZELLE.

    But I will admit that the statuesque, fossilization that I see here does give it a type of primordial beauty. As long as it isn’t crawling around my feet!

  2. November 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    aubrey: wikipedia informs me that trilobites were primitive anthropods, and that their descendants include a wide variety of critters, everything from lobsters to spiders to monarch butterflies. i’m sorry to hear about your encounter with sea roaches, clearly one of the less comely members of the trilobite posterity, and hope you never have to leap over the landscape at the sight of another. I would like to think of people as in the same category as the monarch butterfly, albeit through a more indirect lineage…an example of toughness acquiring some much needed beauty through the years… RT

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