The Department of Paleobiology at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History allowed our artisans behind the scenes to examine its world-class collection and select an ideal fossil specimen upon which to base our replica, a fossil with a balance of visually interesting characteristics and a distinct and defined structure, allowing us to meet exacting manufacturing standards.
Once the fossil specimen is selected, it is scanned and rapid-prototyped to create master patterns that are then molded for production. Crafted in an extraordinarily strong and durable resin, each replica is beautifully hand-painted resulting in a finished, fossil replica imbued with subtle details that bring out a range of delicate surface textures and highlights.
The Smithsonian Trilobite replica, resting top on a rock base, is 5 inches in length. It weighs 5.1 ounces. The base has a laser cut strip of felt lining the bottom to prevent scratches.