2.2" Detailed Hollardops Trilobite - Ofaten, Morocco

This is a detailed, 2" long Hollardops mesocristata trilobite fossil quarried near Ofaten, Morocco. The preparation is a bit rough in areas leaving some scratches on the shell but nearly all of the eye facets are visible. There is a patch of shell restoration on the left hand side of the thorax, about 3-4% 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.
Hollardops mesocristata
Ofaten, Morocco
2" long2.2
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