2" Orange Dalmanitid (Ormathops) Trilobite - Zagora, Morocco

This is a 2" long Dalmanitid (Ormathops cf. clariondi) trilobite from the base of the Fezouata Formation near Zagora, Morocco. The rust red coloration is natural and due to the oxidization of iron pyrite which originally preserved the fossil.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Ormathops cf. clariondi
LOCATION
Zagora, Morocco
FORMATION
Lower Fezouata Formation
SIZE
2" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#233424
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