2.85" Hoplolichas Praeplautini Trilobite - Volkhov River, Russia

This is a rare, 2.85" Hoplolichas praeplautini trilobite collected from the banks of the Volkhov River in Russia. This is one of the earliest species of Hoplolichas and one of very few specimens that have ever been offered for sale. It is quite large for the genus at almost 3 inches long and very nicely preserved.

The trilobite was been remounted on a larger piece of limestone, so there is some matrix restoration, but almost no restoration to the trilobite itself. A really beautiful piece.

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.
Hoplolichas praeplautini (Krueger 2001)
Banks Of Volkhov River, St Petersburg Region, Russia
Duboviki Formation, Upper Aseri Horizen
2.85" long, Rock 9.5 x 5.6"
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