Detailed, 1.75" Hollardops Trilobite - Ofaten, Morocco

 
 
 
 
 
This is a beautiful, 1.75" long example of the trilobite Hollardops merocristata from Ofaten, Morocco. Excellent quality and preparation with good eye facets in both eyes. Only about 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 described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Hollardops merocristata
LOCATION
Ofaten, Morocco
SIZE
1.75" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#89230
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