Trilobites

Long before dinosaurs, strange roach-like creatures called trilobites scurried along the ocean floor in search of food. Trilobite fossils are fairly common so you may find one on your next fossil hunting expedition. Trilobite fossils are important because they help us see what the ocean was like over 250 million years ago.

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