.5" Diminutive, Spiny Leonaspis Trilobite - Morocco

 
 
 
 
This is a small, but very detailed Leonaspis trilobite collected near Hamar Laghdad, Morocco. Excellent preparation on this specimen. I believe this maybe a juvenile Leonaspis spinicurva whose distinctive, long occipital spine just hasn't developed yet.

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.
FOR SALE
$145
DETAILS
SPECIES
Leonaspis spinicurva?
LOCATION
Boutchrafin, Morocco
FORMATION
Timrhanrhart Formation
SIZE
.5" long on 3.2x1.7" Rock
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#170708
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