3" Asaphus Lepidurus Trilobite - Hypostome Exposted

 
 
 
 
 
This is a beautiful 3" long Asaphus lepidurus trilobite. It was collected from the Putilovo quarry in the St. Petersburg region of Russia. The caramel colored shell contrasts nicely with the light colored limestone. The hypostome (mouthplate) has been exposed on the underside of the head.

Like nearly all of the Russian trilobites there is some shell restoration but it is pretty minimal on this specimen. Maybe 3% total, on the right hand side pleural tips and a small patch on the right hand side of the head. A really nice, large specimen of the species.


Photo of the Putilovo quarry near St. Petersburg Russia where this trilobite was found.


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
Asaphus lepidurus
LOCATION
Putilovo quarry, St. Petersburg region, Russia
SIZE
3" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#73501
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