Trilobite Fossils

Trilobites are not simple. Trilobites have long been used to represent the so-called earlier life forms, being characterized as older and therefore “simple.” Actually, these marvelous little creatures are anything but simple. All trilobites had the complex faculties for growth and procreation. Their bodies are a series of beautifully integrated segments, compound eyes and multiple legs, making them a great deal more complicated than many “modern” animals. Also, some deposits of the exuviae of these creatures suggests a seasonal shedding of their outer shells similar to the molting processes of many modern insects and reptiles.

Most of the nearly 2,000 known trilobite species are considered to be extinct. The closest living example of them is thought to be the horseshoe crab or the isopod. In some Texas lakes, there are some modern inch-long “water bugs” which have some similarities to trilobites.

Cast of Selenopeltis trilobite plate
Cast of Selenopeltis trilobite plate

Beds of petrified trilobites have been discovered which are several miles wide. They are sometimes found with other sea creatures, but most often by themselves or with other trilobite species.
Some scientists interpret the large amounts of trilobite exuviae to be caused by group shedding. However, standard evolution theory cannot account for the large numbers of whole trilobites that have been preserved all over the world. Both the preservation of a recent shedding of carapaces, as well as vast numbers of them apparently being buried alive demands that they were quickly covered and left undisturbed until the present.

It must be regarded with wonder that so many millions, if not trillions of these creatures, are preserved in detail all over the world. Because of the nature of oceans, it would be more reasonable to say that these creatures were buried alive by cataclysmic events than to say that their remains simply floated to the bottoms of the oceans eventually being covered in sediments.


3 phaecops trilobites on one slab replica
3 phacops trilobites on one slab replica (available for sale here)

In many prepared examples of trilobite slabs, it is worth noting that the animals are either flat, as though crawling, or their heads are sticking up, as though they were climbing through the mud surrounding them. Others in the same plane are enrolled as if dying, and all seem to be frozen in time.

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, declares that “the fountains of the great deep” (Genesis 7:11) were opened up at the start of the great Flood. From this occurrence, we could expect massive quantities of mud, volcanic fall-out and temperature and chemical changes which would have upset the fragile conditions of sea life.  Sudden ocean floor movement or ash fall could account for living as well as dead creatures being trapped in mud—some dying without being able to move their bodies into enrollment. The fact that these same sorts of catastrophic deaths happened all over the world points back to the Flood as the most likely explanation.

Holmia Trilobite
Holmia Trilobite

Different types of trilobites in different layers, as described by the imminent Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti in his excellent book, Trilobites, could be explained by tumultuous water activity and underwater mudslides caused by earth movement, thus transporting certain groups of sea life to other areas and depositing them atop other living or recently dead species, giving an impression of different time periods.

Or, as Guy Bertault in his sedimentology research has shown, moving water will sort particles according to density, forming various layers of strata. If water flow stops and starts again, it can deposit what would normally be “lower” strata on to the top layer.

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