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.5" Diminutive, Spiny Leonaspis Trilobite - Morocco
This is a small, but very detailed Leonaspis trilobite collected near Hamar Laghdad, Morocco. Excellent preparation on this specimen. I believe this maybe a juvenile Leonaspis spinicurva whose distinctive, long occipital spine just hasn't developed yet.
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.