25 x 21" Mortality Plate Of Large Asaphid Trilobites - Taouz, Morocco

This is a mass mortality plate of large Asaphid trilobites along with some cephalopods from the Ordovician Period found near Taouz, Morocco. The plate is 25" wide and there are around 12 complete or near complete trilobites along with many partials and a few cephalopods. The largest of the trilobites measures 5.6" long and there is a mix of dorsal and ventrally preserved specimens. The orange coloration is due to the oxidization of iron pyrite.

There is no significant restoration on the plate which makes for a very impressive display. A stand is included or we can add a backing plate and wall hanger upon request for an additional fee.

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.
Undescribed Asaphid
Near Taouz, Morocco
Plate 25 x21", Largest Trilobite 5.6", 62 lbs
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