Bargain, 2" Trilobite (Pseudosaukianda) - Issafen, Morocco

This is a bargain example of the Lower Cambrian trilobite Pseudosaukianda lata from the Issafen Formation of Morocco. It is 2" long including the extended spine. Its tail is curled under which is the case with most of these trilobites.

It is bargain priced because the edges of the trilobite and in particular the spines have been colored so that they stand out from the rock.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

In the past few years, deposits near Issafen, Morocco have begun yielding a new assemblage of Early Cambrian trilobites. This fauna is very diverse and consists mainly of ellipsocephalids, chengkouiids, gigantopygids, holmiids, neltneriids, saukiandids, and the latest fallotaspids. The shale when freshly split is a greenish to slightly yellow color but weathers to a light grey.

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.
Pseudosaukianda lata
Issafen, Morocco
Issafen Formation
2" long on 4 x 3.5" shale
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