Beautiful Illaenus Schmidti Trilobite With Passenger

Here is a very beautiful Russian trilobite of the species Illaenus schmidti. This 480 million year old arthropod looks like it is ready to crawl right off the rock. It even has a passenger riding on the front of it's nose, a glabella of another Illaenid. The preparation on this piece is masterful and it would make a cool addition to any trilobite collection.

Like nearly all Russian trilobites there is some restoration to repair shell damaged during collection. About 1/3 of the shell on the tail has been restored and there is a tiny touchup on the glabella. I would say about 10% restoration overall which is still low compared to many Illaenids I've looked at.

Really cool specimen...

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Photo of the Vilpovitsy quarry near St. Petersburg Russia where this trilobite was found.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Illaenus schmidti
LOCATION
Vilpovitsy quarry, St.Petersburg region, Russia
FORMATION
Asery level
SIZE
1.6"
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#467
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