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Master Replicas officially licensed SMITHSONIAN TRILOBITE REPLICA is now available to collectors worldwide! Our fossil replica of an extinct marine arachnomorph is meticulously re-created from a high-resolution scan of an actual trilobite fossil from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.
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 by MRG paleo artists, 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 atop a rock base, is 5 inches in length. The base has a laser cut strip of felt lining the bottom to prevent scratches.