Had to show you these wonderful puppet designs by the Studio Team (headed by Chris M.) for the Early Life Weekend. I will definitely be adopting these designs for the Cambrian ‘Anomalocaris’, the Ordovician through to Devonian ‘Eurypterid’ and the all-time success story of the ancient seas, the Cambrian to Permian ‘Trilobite’.
Anomalocaris front photo source : Lorie Pierce
Anomalocaris back with paper bag puppet sleeve photo source : Lorie Pierce
Learn more about this T-Rex of the Cambrian ocean at this website :
Eurypterid front photo source : Lorie Pierce
Eurypterid back photo source : Lorie Pierce
Known as Sea Scorpions, these were actually chelicerates who are now extinct and have no descendants. All its legs for swimming, walking and eating are attached under its head. We have one from New York State in our museum which is over 6 feet tall.
|Eurypterids, sometimes known as sea scorpions, were predatory marine arthropods (joint-legged animals without a backbone) that lacked mineralized hard parts. The huge, claw-bearing pterygotids were preserved only under exceptional conditions and mostly in shallow lagoonal settings.This composite specimen of the giant eurypterid Acutiramus was restored from several matching fragments found at a single locality in New York State. Pieces of smaller specimens occur in the Silurian rocks of southern Ontario.
|Location: New York
|Collection Date: 2001 AD
source : rom.on.ca
Trilobite front photo source : Lorie Pierce
Trilobite back photo source : Lorie Pierce
Trilobites were amazing. They were one of the most successful animals that ever lived on our planet, lasting 300 million years as a species until dying off with 80 – 90 % of everything else at the end of the Permian Era (250 mya). They also make the most beautiful fossils and are iconic emblems of the ancient oceans.
Learn about the Trilobite Beds on Mt.Stephen in Yoho, B.C. at this website : http://burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/history/discoveries/01-first.php
Since we have a lot of construction paper and lunch bags tucked away in our craft cabinet, I think this would be the idea craft to add into our Around the Museum event. Thursday is our prep meeting and we will have a lot of pieces to cut out.