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2" Detailed Morocops Trilobite - Ofaten, Morocco
This is a detailed, 2" long Morocops trilobite from Ofaten, Morocco. Excellent eye facet preservation in the right eye, but there is some weathering to the left hand side of the trilobite. About 5% shell restoration, mainly on the left side of the thorax.
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.