1.1" Sculptoproetus Trilobite - Rare Proetid

 
 
 
This is a 1.1" long example of an unusual proetid trilobite from Morocco, Sculptoproetus. It looks very similar to the common Cornuproetus, but has a much larger cephalic rim and less segments.

Trilobites were a very diverse group of extinct marine arthropods. They first appeared in the fossil record in the Early Cambrian (521 million years ago) and went extinct during the Permian mass extinction (250 million years ago). They were one of the most successful of the early animals on our planet with over 25k described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Sculptoproetus cf haasi
LOCATION
Tafroute, Morocco
FORMATION
Timrhanrhart Formation
SIZE
1.1" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#71684
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