This Specimen has been sold.
Cute, Little Crotalocephalina Trilobite - 1.15" long
This is a cute, little Crotalocephalina gibbus trilobite. At just over an inch long, it's one of the smallest I've seen prepared, as most are in the 2-3+" range. It's still spectacularly detailed, with excellent shell preservation. A little cutie.
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.