3" Valdaites Trilobite From Russia - Rare Species
This is a beautiful, 2.3" long example of a scare Russian asaphid trilobite, Valdaites limatus. There is about 5% restoration, mostly along the right edge of the tail and front edge of the head.
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 described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.