Cute, 1" Metacanthina (Asteropyge) Trilobite - Lghaft

This is a cute, 1" long specimen of Metacanthina issoumourensis often referred to as an "Asteropyge" or “Kayserops”. It's nicely prepared and displays very aesthetically on a sculpted piece of limestone. Excellent shell preservation including clear eye facets. Not the biggest example in the world, by still a beauty.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Metacanthina issoumourensis
LOCATION
Lghaft, Morocco
FORMATION
Lhandar Formation
SIZE
1" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#57668
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