This Specimen has been sold.
2.3" Crotalocephalus (Not Crotalocephalina) Trilobite
This is an uncommon 2.3" long Crotalocephalus trilobite from Morocco. These are far more rare than the commonly seen Crotalocephalina trilobites that have a very different looking tail. The head is a bit shifted in this specimen and it has about 5% shell restoration, mainly on it's head.
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.