2.4" Orange Hamatolenus Trilobite - Tinjdad, Morocco

This is an 2.4" long specimen of the Middle Cambrian trilobite Hamatolenus. The bright orange coloration is natural and due to the oxidization of iron pyrite. There are quite a few species of the genus Hamatolenus from this locality and I wasn't confident enough to ID it down to a species level.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Hamatolenus sp.
LOCATION
Tinjdad, Morocco
FORMATION
Jbel Wawrmast Formation
SIZE
2.4" long on 4.3x3.4" rock
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#82592
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