Finding Trilobites on Anticosti Island

What makes the trilobite fossils on a remote island in Canada so important? Join paleontologist Melanie Hopkins as she and her team ford rivers on an island off the shores of Quebec, Canada, in search of traces of Earth’s first mass extinction on Anticosti Island. 

In August 2022, Museum Curator Melanie Hopkins and colleagues traveled to Anticosti Island in Quebec, which preserves unique fossil deposits that form a record of how marine invertebrate species, including triolobites, crinoids, and brachiopods, responded to the first mass extinction. Hopkins, who has been working in Anticosti since 2017, describes what clues these fossils may hold for future study. Watch to learn more!

The Constantine S. Niarchos expedition featured here was generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.