1"-1.5" Proetus Triliobite

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These trilobite specimens each have a unique shape and position they are in on the matrix. We will make sure to pick the best specimen available for you.

Measures: 1"-2" Across, in matrix

Location: Morocco

Time Period: Devonian 450 Million Years Old

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Trilobites are extinct hard shelled marine arthropods with amazingly great diversity. It is estimated there were over 15,000 known species of Trilobita, making them the most diverse animal life form that ever existed on earth. In Morocco, new Trilobite specimens are being discovered every year. Trilobites are are important as paleo-zoic guide fossils, having existed for over 270 million years. They began their existence during the early Cambrian time period (520 mya), long before dinosaurs existed but went extinct around 250 mya, before dinosaurs died out.

The name Trilobite means "three lobes", and is so named do to the long sections of the animals body, the Left & Right Pleural Lobes and the middle Axial Lobe.
Trilobites keen eye structures were highly adaptable to their environment. Some had lenses extending off of antenna like protrusions, while others had large eyes with thousands of lenses which enabled the creature to see 360 degrees.

With their graceful body lines one can understand why Trilobites have been nicknamed "The Butterflies of the Sea".