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TRIOPSSomething different and interesting for your young scientist. The Triops is a form of crustacean that has been on earth for 200 million years. The eggs live in "suspended animation." By placing the contents of the package into distilled water, your child will grow the Triops which hatch within one day. The instructions with a step by step procedure are very clear . It is important to follow directions carefully so the Triops can live from 20 to 60 days. Another name for the Triops is "dinosaur shrimp." It inhabits temporary ponds which come back to life after it rains. Exciting new project for biology studies, excellent for home or school. Part of an exciting line of fun products.