.4" Ordovician Trilobite (Ampyxina) Fossil - Missouri

This is a small, .4" long ventral specimen of the Ordovician trilobite Ampyxina bellatula. This trilobite was collected from the Maquoketa Formation of Pike County, Missouri.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Ampyxina bellatula
LOCATION
Pike County, Missouri
FORMATION
Maquoketa Formation
SIZE
.4" long, 1.5 x .85" limestone
ITEM
#135522
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