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2.45" Crotalocephalina Trilobite - Atchana, Morocco
This is a 2.45" long Crotalocephalina gibbus trilobite from Atchana, Morocco. It has been nicely prepared with airscribes and air abrasives so that it looks ready to crawl off of the rock. Some shell restoration to the front of the 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 currently described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left an excellent fossil record.