2.8" Colorful, Harpides Trilobite - Draa Valley, Morocco

 
 
 
 
This is a colorful and I believe currently undescribed species of Harpides trilobite from the Lower Fezouata Formation of Morocco. This is a large, detailed example with a brilliant red coloration resulting from the oxidization of iron pyrite. The tail of the trilobite is curling downwards but has been exposed. The entire trilobite has been prepared to bring it out in high relief against the rock. One of the more aesthetic examples of this species that I have seen.

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
Harpides cf grimmi
LOCATION
Draa Valley, Morocco
FORMATION
Lower Fezouata Formation
SIZE
2.8" long, Rock 7x4.4"
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#170707
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