Very Rare Cyrtometopella Aries Trilobite - Russia
This is a very rare, Cyrtometopella aries trilobite from the St. Petersburg region of Russia. It is the first example of this species that I've been able to offer. The tail is tucked under and there is some compression but it would have been about 1.1" long if outstretched. No restoration.
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.