3.8" Pedinopariops Trilobite - Beautiful Shell Coloration
This is a large, 3.8" long Pedinopariops (Hypsipariops) vagabundus from Mrakib, Morocco. It has a beautiful, multi-toned shell coloration and is nicely prepared. The limestone around it has been sculpted, leaving it displayed very aesthetically on a pedestal of rock. Clear eye facets in both eyes and just some minor restoration along the 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 described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.