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Welcome to Gold-Bugs

Welcome to the home of the most complete trilobites on the planet!  Pyritized trilobites with legs and antennae!  This website is dedicated to the science of exceptional fossil preservation.  

These golden trilobites reveal secrets that 99% of all other trilobites do not...soft tissue preservation. They have retained their most delicate features: legs, antennae, gills, claws, and other soft parts that are virtually never preserved on trilobites. We hope you enjoy the site.

New for Spring 2014:  Ancient New York Ecosystem Now Available-Free Download

This poster is a simplified geological history and setting description.  It makes use of graphics and photos for ease of understanding.  Its purpose is to convey the ancient setting of the Taconic Foreland Basin 450 million years ago and through to the modern day mudstone deposits which record its existence.  The poster is a very large file.  Click below to open, view and download.  For a smaller file better for viewing online click here.




Like What You See? exists to impart knowledge and promote interest in soft tissue trilobites from New York State, and trilobites and fossils everywhere!  Of course we would like to think your experience on the site would be rewarding, informative and maybe entertaining.  However, that doesn't mean we've thought of everything you might want to see.   We also hope to provide a little insight showing what it really takes to bring exceptional fossils out of the ground and into the world!

This is your opportunity to let us know how you feel about the site and what we could do to improve it.  Send us your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

If you are involved in research on invertebrate paleontology and would consider writing an article for one of our blogs we would very much like to hear from you.


Bug of the Month

 Bug of the Month-June 2014!  

What a great association!  A large 2.7cm ventral Triarthrus eatoni, with a small dorsal

and an ostracod on the uppermost thoracic pleura.

Recommended Reading

Here at Gold-Bugs we feel that referencing good literary material is part of our job.  To enjoy our science to the fullest a good comprehension of the subject is required.  Here are a few books we would highly recommend.  We have no financial interest in any of these publications but list them here because we feel they are great resources to have on hand. 

                Trilobites of New York

   The Fossils of the Burgess Shale

    Exceptional Fossil Preservation

    Arthropod Fossils and Phylogeny