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Trilobite (Neolenus)

This specimen is part of the Walter Bennett Collection, which came to the Horniman Museum from the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society in 1989. It is a trilobite from the Burgess Shales of British Columbia in Canada, an important fossil site that gives a glimpse of the diversity of life on Earth half a billion years ago.

Unlike most trilobite specimens, this one still has legs radiating from the sides of the body. Usually the legs are lost, but fossils from the Burgess Shales show remarkable preservation, so even soft bodied organisms are found as fossils. This exceptional preservation has allowed more accurate understanding of the life in the ancient oceans.

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