Size: 5 x 3 x 3 cm (Trilobite), 7 x 8 x 7 cm (with matrix)
Weight: 200 g
Product Type: One of a Kind
Trilobites are a fossil group of extinct marine arachnomorph anthropods that existed, and thrived, for about 300 million years in the oceans. They suffered a decline in the Devonian era but it wasn't until the mass extinction that took place during the Permian era, (the biggest extinction in history) about 240 million years ago, that these unique creatures died out. There are over 20,000 scientifically recognized Trilobite species, and they are considered to be one of the most successful early species to exist.
This is an exceptional example of a Trilobite, measuring 5 cm long it has been fossilized in a state of extension that truly shows off the unique and distinct segments along the exoskeleton. A painstaking amount of work has been put into revealing this remarkable piece of history in such a fine way. The prominent cephalon portion draws the eye immediately with its floating appearance, and the extended genal spine portion is completely freed from the matrix.
Trilobites have intrigued humanity for centuries, being worn as amulets by the Pahvant Ute people and incorporated into ornamentation before they were even identified fully as a species. The Pahvant Ute called them “Timpe-Konitza-Pachuee,” which is translated to, "little water bug living in a house of stone."
They were misidentified for a brief time, being considered a flat species of preserved fish in the 1600's.
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