3.3" Spiny Quadrops Trilobite - Top Quality Specimen
This is a top quality, 3.3" long example of the super spiny trilobite Quadrops flexuosa from Ofaten, Morocco. Quadrops has a distinctive, four-pronged rostrum coming off the front of it's head as well as an array of spines covering its entire body. This example is laid out prone and was prepared by one of the best preparitors in the world. Check out the amazing shell detail and eye facets. It is nicely centered on a large piece of limestone.
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.