2.5" Pedinopariops Trilobite - Mrakib, Morocco
This is a 2.5" long (if outstretched), specimen of Pedinopariops (Hypsipariops) vagabundus from Mrakib, Morocco. It has excellent shell detail including clearly preserved eye facets. The limestone has been removed from around the fossil leaving it perched on a pillar of limestone. There is about 7-8% shell restoration on this specimen, mostly along the repaired crack that runs up the left hand side of the trilobite.
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.