.95" Rare Red Cyphaspides Trilobite - Hamar Laghdad, Morocco

This is a rare red Cyphaspides ammari trilobite collected near Hamar Laghdad, Morocco. It is .95" long and laid out nicely. The red coloration is due to high levels of iron in the silicified exoskeleton. The trilobites are hard to find complete at this location.

This is only the third red Cyphaspides I have seen, and by far the best. According to my sources, the locality has been collected out recently, so the there probably won't be many more of these red trilobites coming onto the market.

This particular species was just described in 2019; a link to the paper is below.

Species of the Devonian aulacopleurid trilobite Cyphaspides from southeastern Morocco

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.
Cyphaspides ammari
Hamar Laghdad, Morocco
.95" long
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