2.7" Paralejurus Trilobite Fossil - Orange Eyes

This is a fantastically prepared, 2.7" long Paralejurus trilobite from Ofaten, Morocco. Nearly all of the surrounding limestone has been removed (a very time consuming process) leaving it perched on a pedestal of stone. One unique aspect of this trilobite is the bright orange eye preservation, a feature sometimes seen on trilobites from this locality. There is about 1-2% shell restoration, primarily in a patch on the right side of its 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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Paralejurus
LOCATION
Ofaten, Morocco
SIZE
2.7" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#202701
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