2.3" Flying Hollardops Trilobite - Orange Eyes

This is a beautifully prepared, 2.3" long example of the trilobite Hollardops mesocristata from Ofaten, Morocco. Very nice preparation, with nice shell detail including clear eye facets in both eyes. The limestone surrounding it has been removed so that it appears to "fly" above the rock. This is a very time consuming process which requires a lot of skill.

The eyes have a natural orange preservation which is sometimes seen in trilobites from this locality.

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: over 25,000 species have been described, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to their hard exoskeletons (shells), they left an excellent fossil record.
Hollardops mesocristata
Ofaten, Morocco
2.3" long
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