Trilobites of America is an LLC owned and operated by Jason Cooper with the help of his brother, Ben Cooper, and father, Dan Cooper. Our mission is to supply some of the rarest and finest trilobites found throughout the United States. The majority of specimens are collected on property either leased or owned by us. We also purchase collections and excess trilobite specimens from other collectors.
Jason runs the day to day operations for Trilobites of America and does most of the field work. Since the early age of 3 years old, he has been finding spectacular specimens. With a background in Biology from the University of Cincinnati, and a love for the outdoors and geology, Jason is pursuing his passion. Over the last 10 years, he has excavated many of the rarest and most beautifully preserved specimens known to date. He is highly skilled at collecting hard rock layers containing trilobites of extremely fine detail with 3D preservation, and these are the most difficult to prepare.
Ben runs the daily operations of the 4,000 square foot Trilobites of America preparation lab. He manages and trains our preparers: 2 full-time and 3 part-time. With a background in Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati, and a natural talent inherited by his mother, Ben is a portrait artist with a strong eye for detail and color. He is one of the world’s premier Invertebrate fossil preparers. Ben has prepared some of the finest trilobites available to date.
Dan is responsible for the development of new sites to supply unique trilobite specimens for Trilobites of America. As an acting advisor to Ben and Jason, he plays a part time roll with all activities of the business. He has 40 years experience in the collection and preparation of United States trilobites. Dan and Tom Whitely rediscovered the Beecher Triarthus beds in Utica, New York.