2.65" Minicryphaeus Trilobite - Tafraoute, Morocco
This is a rather odd trilobite from Morocco sporting a triangle shaped rostrum on it's head. It's a 2.65" long Minicryphaeus giganteus from the Lhandar Formation near Tafraoute, Morocco. It is nicely prepared with an arch to it, so it's distinctive rostrum points skyward. Good eye facet detail in both eyes and just some minimal restoration along repaired cracks and to touchup scratches from preparation.
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.