3.3" Detailed Zlichovaspis Trilobite - Atchana, Morocco

This is an nicely prepared, 3.3" long specimen of Zlichovaspis rugosa from Atchana, Morocco. It has great shell detail and is nicely prepared with clear eye facets in both eyes. Much of the limestone has been removed from below the front half of the trilobite so that it flies over the rock. A really nice presentation.

A few small touchups, but no significant 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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Zlichovaspis rugosa
LOCATION
Atchana, Morocco
FORMATION
Lhandar Formation
SIZE
3.3" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#56806
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