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2.2" Zlichovaspis Trilobite With Healed Injury
This is a 2.2" long specimen of Zlichovaspis rugosa from Atchana, Morocco. It is nicely preserved and the preparation is quite nice. Clear eye facets in both eyes. The left genal spine shows signs of a healed injury.
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.