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Golden Trilobite Award

Golden Trilobite Awards are awarded at the discretion of Council for high quality amateur and institutional websites that promote the charitable aims of the Association. Nominations for websites, which should consist of a link to the site and a brief supporting case, should be sent to the secretary ( by the 31st March. They will be considered by Council at the October Council meeting The award comprises a “Golden Trilobite banner” and links on the Association website. Awards will be announced in the Newsletter and on the Association website.

How to Nominate

Nominations for websites, which should consist of a link to the site and a brief supporting case, should be sent to the secretary (


31st March at 00:00 GMT

2014 Award Recipient

Nannotax (

The Nannotax website has been primarily created by three authors: Dr. Jeremy R. Young, Prof. Paul R. Bown, and Dr. Jaqueline A. Lees.  The website aims to provide an authoritative guide to the biodiversity and taxonomy of coccolithophores - a beautiful group of microscopic planktonic algae with an abundant fossil record and a key role in the global carbon cycle. It is both a working tool for specialists and an accessible reference source for anyone else looking for information on any coccolithophores. 

Nannotax Website

Nannotax Website

Nanotax was nominated by a member of the Assoication with the following statment: "The webpage is an amazing resource for taxonomic information, edited and provided by leading experts in the field. It is used by a large number of researchers in the field, especially young people starting off and trying to find their way.”


Previous recipients of the Golden Trilobite Award:

  • 2013 - The Plesiosaur Directory (
  • 2011 - Four awards:
  • 2010 - 'Recent and Fossil Bryozoa' ( site provides a vast collection of Bryozoan related data and resources, and hosts the web-pages of the International Bryozoology Association to boot.
  • 2009 - '' ( This information-rich site provides a wealth of carefully collated information related to fossil and living sharks, including searchable databases, fully references articles, and large number of images. It provides an excellent resource for anyone interested in shark fossils, morphology or evolution.
  • 2008 - 'The Biota of Early Terrestrial Ecosystems: The Rhynie Chert' ( his detailed resource-site is written as an aid to undergraduate teaching; it provides a wealth of information of the Rhynie Chert Lagerstattte direct from the research group most closely involved with the deposit. The information is richly linked (e.g. to glossaries and reference lists), and provides an excellent introduction to Rynie Research. The site is maintained by Dr Nigel Trewin and his research group at the University of Aberdeen.
  • 2006 - A Collection of Eocene and Oligocene Fossils ( This impressive palaeontology website is run by Alan Morton and is dedicated to the Eocene and Oligocene fossils from southern Britain. The level of information presented in the website is excellent, and in particular the professional standard of the photographic illustrations make the site stand out from other websites. This site is a pleasure to visit and provides good palaeontological information for those visiting the the geological units covered.
  • 2005 - ( is one of a new breed of websites that is designed as an information service, in this case devoted to understanding trilobites. The site is eyecatching, well presented, and most importantly for the global community, contains a wealth of accurate and well-synthesysed information. The site is the work of Sam Gon III.
  • 2005  - Amateur Award: Fossils of the Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds of Kent, UK ( This site is dedicated to the fossils of the Lower Cretaceous Albian (Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds) in the county of Kent, south-east England, providing a pictorial identification to the fauna. The colour photographic images are of the highest quality. The site is based on the work and collections (much of which has subsequently been donated to the Natural History Museum, London) of the late Jim Craig and is maintained by Fred Clouter.
  • 2004 - Institutional Award: The Echinoid Directory ( The echinoid directory is ostensibly a taxonomic resource for the scientific community in which the genera and higher taxa of echinoid can be simply and rapidly identified. There are currently over 350 pages of detailed information about echinoid taxa, including colour images of the highest quality. The site also provides an introduction to the anatomy, biology, ecology, ontogeny and phylogeny of echinoids, as well as a key to aid identification. The site has been designed and created by Andrew Smith of the Department of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, London. 
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