2.95" Morocconites Trilobite Fossil - Ofaten, Morocco

Here is a 2.95" long, phacopid trilobite (Morocconites malladoides) quarried from the deposits near Ofaten, Morocco. This member of the Phacopida trilobites and has a very defining feature, a long pointed rostrum (snout) coming off of it's head. It's unclear what purpose this rostrum would have served, but it could have potentially been used to help it dig through the mud.

This specimen has about 4-5% shell restoration.

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.
FOR SALE
$235
DETAILS
SPECIES
Morocconites malladoides
LOCATION
Ofaten, Morocco
FORMATION
Tazoulait Formation
SIZE
2.95" long on 4.9 x 4.5" limestone
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#227779
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