2.2" Spiny Psychopyge Trilobite - Short Snout Species
This is a 2.2" long, example of the short snout species of Psychopyge trilobite. This rare species has a significantly short rostrum, as well as much smaller spines than Psychopyge elegans. The distinctive rostrum and all of the spines have been prepared free standing. There is a bit of seperation between the right cheek and the head.
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 currently described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left an excellent fossil record.