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Giant, 5" Enrolled, Pedinopariops Trilobite - Mrakib, Morocco
This is a giant, enrolled Pedinopariops (Hypsipariops) vagabundus trilobite from Mrakib, Morocco. It is 2.9" wide and would be around 5" long if outstretched, which is huge for the species. There are two quartz seams running through the right hand side of the trilobite. Excellent eye facet preservation and only 1-2% shell restoration along repaired cracks.
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.