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Pair of Metacanthina (Asteropyge) Trilobites - Lghaft
This is a pair of 1.4" long Metacanthina issoumourensis trilobites often referred to as an "Asteropyge" or “Kayserops”. They were quarried near Lghaft, Morocco, and are about 2" apart from each other in the limestone. The piece is well prepared and they both display very aesthetically.
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.