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2" Detailed Austerops Trilobite - Visible Eye Facets
This is a detailed, 2" long Austerops trilobite from the Devonian of Morocco. Visible eye facet preservation in both eyes. There is an area of shell restoration on the back-left hand side of it's head and first pleural tip on left hand size, about 4% in total.
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.