Fossils changed for me when I realized a lot of the really good ones that exist are the result of the animals getting rapidly suffocated in thick, anaerobic mud

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Tragedy at the trilobite party 480 mya, right as the conga line got started

@SouthernGothHick Seriously, what do they reckon this behaviour portends? Was it a mating or feeding thing? This is quite a lineup.

@Shufei probably an emergent pathway. Like ants that leave a chemical trail to a bunch of food, one trilobite cut a pathway through the myd and a bunch more followed that easier path afterwards

@SouthernGothHick Cute lil squiggly trail, yay. Maybe this shows they left pheromones like ants. Cute lil triblolbitea. I love them and miss them so much. Earth misses them.

@SouthernGothHick Wow, that is such a well detailed specimen. What big tendrils. And googly lobes. I dug up trilobites before but they were the cute lil round shilling size babies. Awww, why can’t we have trilobite friends anymore,,, I loathe total extinction.

@Shufei I'm pretty sure this is a colorized sculpture, but it's still very beautiful

We don't have trilobites anymore, but we do have arthropod carcinisation which I think is almost as neat as trilobites!

@SouthernGothHick I like rolypolies and they are still here in heaps of numbers.

@SouthernGothHick this is poetry. If you sequenced them in a gif they would move again

@SouthernGothHick These imprints have a different color from the surrounding material. Have they been painted or is this how fossils work?

@mplammers it's either dye or it's been photographers with a special spectroscopic analysis to point out the places where the fossils are

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