Elegant, 1.25" Stalk-Eyed Cybele Trilobite - Russia

This is a very elegant, stalk-eyed Cybele bellatula trilobite from the Voibokalo Quarry in the St. Petersburg region of Russia. It's 1.25" in length and magnificently prepared with the stalk eyes intact and flowing spines.

The left eye stalk has been restored and there is some restoration to the base of the right eye stalk as well as on the tips of a couple spines that were running off the rock.

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.
Cybele bellatula (Dalman, 1827)
Voibokalo quarry, St. Petersburg region, Russia
Kunda level
1.25" long on 4.6x3" limestone
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