1.35" Recently Described Harpes Trilobite - Jorf, Morocco

 
 
 
 
This is an aesthetic example of the recently described Harpes hamarlaghdadensis from Jorf, Morocco. This striking harpid trilobite is 1.35" long The rock here is very chert-like with a glassy appearance. The shell is translucent so the trilobites tend to take on the coloration of the underlying rock, leading to very uniquely preserved specimens. There is a small amount of restoration along the repaired crack through it's head shield.

This new species closely resembles Harpes perradiatus found at at the slightly older rocks near Hmar Laghdad, but was described as a new species in the paper below.

Trilobites from the Red Fauna (latest Emsian, Devonian) of Hamar Laghdad, Morocco and their biodiversity

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
Harpes hamarlaghdadensis
LOCATION
Jorf, Morocco
FORMATION
Bou Tchrafine Formation
SIZE
1.35" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#107612
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