3.3" Insane Lichid (Acanthopyge) Trilobite - Mrakib, Morocco

This is a 3.3" long, Acanthopyge trilobite collected near Mrakib, Morocco. The preparation on this extremely rare, lichid trilobite from is just insane. Just check out all the tubercle detail of the shell. Most of the limestone has been removed from around the trilobite bringing it out in high relief against the surrounding rock. Unlike most of the Acanthopyge I've seen the cheeks are NOT composites or restored. Restoration is about 2% along a repaired crack through the tail.

It doesn't get much better than this.

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.
Acanthopyge sp.
Mrakib, Morocco
3.3" long, rock 6.8 x 5"
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