Bargain, 2.1" Hollardops Trilobite - Visible Eye Facets

This is a bargain Hollardops merocristata trilobite quarried near Ofaten, Morocco. It shows quite a bit of surface detail including preserved eye facets. It has been prepared with air scribes and air abrasives so that it looks like it is ready to crawl off of the rock. The preparation is a bit rough and there is some compression on the right side of the head, hence the bargain price.

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.
Hollardops merocristata
Ofaten, Morocco
2.1" long
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