Colorful, 2.25" Ordovician Asaphellus Trilobite - Morocco

 
This is a colorful, 22.5" long Asaphellus trilobite from the Ordovician deposits near Zagora, Morocco. The orange/red coloration is natural and due to the oxidization of iron pyrite. A striking trilobite fossil.

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
Asaphellus sp.
LOCATION
Zagora Area, Morocco
FORMATION
Fezouata Shale
SIZE
2.25" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#73010
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