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Trilobite glass dish - by Trilobite Glassworks / Jane Hartman

Trilobite glass dish - by Trilobite Glassworks / Jane Hartman

Being an artist myself (pastels, graphics, textiles, toy making etc) I especially enjoy looking at others’ work, and this piece, a Trilobite Glass Dish, handmade by paleontologist and glass artist, Jane Hartman caught my eye.  I love the fun element and vivid colours.  She has an online store on www.artfire.com called Trilobite Glassworks.

I’m thinking I’d like to ask her, sometime in the future, to custom design some beetle panels for my logcabin…

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Trilobites, lived in the sea, 526 million years ago.  They fed on plankton but also scavanged and hunted, according to which of the 17,000 (known – !) types of species they belonged to.  Due to the nature of their exoskeletons they preserved well as fossils, and so we were able to learn from them.  These tiny critters measured at 1 mm, but also reached lengths of up to an enormous 72 cm!; so named Trilobites – meaning 3 lobes – as their bodies are formed of 3 longish parts.  They belonged to a group of animals (Animalia) called Arthropods, which means ‘jointed feet’; other arthropod creatures include insects, arachnids and crustaceans (like the aforementioned common water flea).   Trilobites became extinct 250 million years ago.

Read more about – and see pictures of – Trilobites on the web site link I’ve provided *HERE* 

A trilobite fossil, photographed by 'DopefishJustin' - thank you.

A trilobite fossil, photographed by 'DopefishJustin' - thank you.

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S tephanie   F aith

www.FlowerBeetles.com

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