Large, 1.35" Spiny Leonaspis Trilobite - Morocco
This is a large, detailed, 1.35" long Leonaspis from Morocco. It's nicely laid out on the limestone, not curled like most specimens and the preparation is quite nice. There is some minor restoration along the repaired crack running up the left hand side of it's thorax.
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 described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.