2.95" Bumpy Zlichovaspis Trilobite - Lghaft, Morocco
This is a 2.95" long specimen of Zlichovaspis spinifera quarried near Lghaft, Morocco. The shell of these species is covered in tiny bumps, hence the species name. Nice eye facet preservation in both eyes. There is a bit of disarticulation between the thorax and tail but the preparation is wonderful.
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.