1.6" Hollardops Trilobite - Orange Eyes

This is a beautifully prepared, 1.6" long example of the trilobite Hollardops merocristata from Ofaten, Morocco. Very nice preparation, with nice shell detail including clear eye facets in both eyes. The eyes have a natural orange preservation which is sometimes seen in trilobites from this locality.

About 2% restoration along the repaired crack.

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.
Hollardops merocristata
Ofaten, Morocco
1.6" long
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