Cut-out model of a trilobite

Trilobite

Trilobites were distantly related to crabs and lived in the sea from 526 million years ago until they became extinct 250 million years ago.

There were many different species and 17 000 types of fossil trilobite have been found, ranging in size from only a few millimetres to more than half a metre in length. Many had excellent eyesight.

Download and assembly instructions

  1. Download cut-out model of the trilobite in colour 250 KB pdf or in black and white to colour in 150 KB pdf
  2. Cut around the four parts of the model — you may need to get an adult to help you
  3. Shell (or exoskeleton): bend into slight curve and glue flaps to next part of body
  4. Antennae: fold along line, then glue to head end of shell
  5. Gills and legs: fold slightly along line and glue legs under gills
  6. Glue gills and legs under the shell

What you will need:

  1. printed copy of the pdf
  2. glue or sticky tape
  3. scissors

Equipment

Folding and assembling the model:

cut out the four parts of the model

Folding and assembling the model

Bend the shell (or exoskeleton) into a slight curve and glue or tape flaps to next part of body as shown on the pdf

Folding and assembling the model

Fold antennae as shown on pdf and glue or tape to underside of head

Folding and assembling the model
  1. Fold gills and legs slightly along central line
  2. Glue or tape legs beneath gills
  3. Glue or tape gills and legs beneath shell
Folding and assembling the model

Finished trilobite model

Finished trilobite model

Further information

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