1.3" Spiny Leonaspis Trilobite - Foum Zguid, Morocco

Here is an enrolled, spiny Leonaspis trilobite from Foum Zguid, Morocco. The dramatic spines are well preserved, you can see the small stalk eyes poking up above it's head. It would be about 1.3" long if outstretched.

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 currently described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left an excellent fossil record.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Leonaspis
LOCATION
Ma’der el Kebir, Foum Zguid, Morocco
FORMATION
Assa Formation
SIZE
1.3" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#186713
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