1" Pseudocryphaeus (Cryphina) Trilobite - Lhandar Formation

Here is a 1" long, Pseudocryphaeus minimus trilobite from the Devonian of Morocco. It's an elegant example of the order Phacopida with a distinctive rostrum projecting from the front of it's head. The eye facets can easily be seen, there is great detail and the dark chocolate color contrasts nicely with pinkish-brown limestone. This specimen is quite large for the species with excellent preparation.

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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Pseudocryphaeus minimus
LOCATION
Atchana, Morocco
FORMATION
Lhandar Formation
SIZE
1" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#213422
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