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2.4" Hollardops Trilobite - Orange Eye
This is a 2.4" 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 right eye is orange which is a feature sometimes seen in trilobites from this site. A really spectacular example.
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.