|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Trilobite (Asaphiscus wheeleri)
FACTS: Trilobites were wonderful creatures that went extinct before dinosaurs ever lived! They were arthropods that evolved over 500 million years ago in the Earth's ancient seas. Trilobites were one of the most successful early animals on the planet, thriving for about 300 million years. They are a signature creature of the Paleozoic Era, when complex life forms began to proliferate, including most invertebrate groups as well as fish and reptiles. The Paleozoic Era ended by the greatest mass extinction ever in geological history when some 95% of all marine species went extinct, including the trilobites. But lucky for us, trilobites are the most diverse group of animals preserved in the fossil record.
During their reign, trilobites evolved into over 20,000 species. The smallest was under 1 cm, while some grew to 0.5 meter (over 1 foot). Trilobites are distant relatives of lobsters and spiders. They are named for the three axial lobes that divide their body length-wise. They were likely the first life forms to have complex eyes and some types had hundreds of lenses per eye. Due to their hard exoskeletons trilobites left an excellent fossil record. Even prehistoric people loved trilobite fossils and they used them to make amulets. Today, trilobites are favorites among fossil hunters and collectors. Their beautiful and recognizable fossils are found in rocks all over the globe. So be on the lookout for trilobites in your backyard!