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Detailed, 2" Hollardops Trilobite - Orange Eyes
This is a nicely prepared, 2.5" long (if outstretched) Hollardops mesocristata from Ofaten, Morocco. It's in "climbing" position with both of the genal spines prepared free of the surrounding rock. Excellent shell preservation, and spectacular, naturally orange eyes. The tip of the left genal spine has been restored.
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.