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1.7" Asaphus Lepidurus Trilobite - Russia
This is a beautiful, partially enrolled, 1.7" wide Asaphus lepidurus trilobite. If it was outstretched it would be around 3.6". It was collected from the Putilovo quarry in the St. Petersburg region of Russia. The specimen has a nice 3D quality and the caramel colored shell contrasts nicely with the light colored limestone. There is only a small amount of shell restoration, about 2% in total.
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.