Large, 3.4" Pedinopariops Trilobite - Flying Preparation
This is a large specimen of Pedinopariops vagabundus quarried from the Bou Dib Formation near Mrakib, Morocco. Nearly all of the limestone has been removed from around it, leaving it "flying" on a pillar of rock. This style of preparation is very time consuming. Excellent detail in both eyes and good shell quality. There is about 5% shell restoration on this specimen.
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.