Bargain, 1.2" Metacanthina Trilobite - Lghaft, Morocco

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a bargain, 1.2" long specimen of Metacanthina issoumourensis often referred to as an "Asteropyge" or “Kayserops”. It was quarried near Lghaft, Morocco and has remarkable detail including tiny eye facets preserved. The only restoration is a few touchups along the retailed crack and a couple airscribe dings from preparation on the head. A nice, inexpensive specimen.

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
Metacanthina issoumourensis
LOCATION
Lghaft, Morocco
SIZE
1.2" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#74150
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