2.1" Colorful, Harpides Trilobite - Draa Valley, Morocco
This is a colorful and currently undescribed species (and likely genus) of Harpides trilobite from the Fezouata Formation of Morocco. The coloration is natural and is the result of oxidization of iron pyrite.
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.