3.6" Flying Zlichovaspis Trilobite - Atchana, Morocco
This is a uniquely prepared, 3.6" long Dalmanitid trilobite (Zlichovaspis rugosa) quarried near Atchana, Morocco. Nearly all of the surrounding limestone has been removed, so that it appears to "fly" above the stone base. Colorful shell and clear eye facet preservation with only about 1-2% shell 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.