2.4" Wide Enrolled Pedinopariops Trilobite - Fantastic Detail
This is a large, enrolled specimen of Pedinopariops (Hypsipariops) vagabundus from Mrakib, Morocco. It has been prepared completely free of the surrounding limestone and has outstanding detail and coloration. It's perfectly enrolled which is hard to find, as most are only partially enrolled, looking like Pac Man. There is about 2% shell restoration along the repaired crack running length wise through the specimen. Just check out the killer eye detail.
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.