Last evening, Monday July 23, the town board of the Town of Hamburg passed an official resolution to make the trilobite the official fossil of the Town of Hamburg.

Recognizing the scientific value of trilobites as well as Penn Dixie’s educational and cultural merits, Supervisor Jim Shaw introduced the motion to the table. The vote was unanimous.

There was a little drama during the discussion period when a member of the public rose from the floor to ask a question. Considering the other types of fossils found in the area, he asked “What about brachiopods?” There was no official response and no further discussion from the floor.

To settle this controversy before it gets out of hand, we note that brachiopods — a shelled, filter feeding organism, are far more abundant than trilobites. However, our official position is that trilobites are cooler and the real reason for visitors to come to Hamburg.