Large multi species trilobite plate
Large variety of species
Selenopeltis buchii and Phacops trilobites
Megistaspis hammondi Trilobite
Calymene and Phacops Trilobites
Artists impression of trilobites on sea floor
TRILOBITE PLATE LARGE
This is an outstanding, museum quality, muli-trilobite plate, discovered in the Anti Atalas Mountains, Southern Morocco.
The group of trilobites date from the Ordovician Period, 485m to 443m years old.
Trilobites ("three-lobes") are extinct arthropods that form the class Trilobita. They appeared in the Middle Cambrian epoch and flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Late Devonian extinction, all trilobite orders, with the sole exception of Proetida, died out.
The last of the trilobites disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago
This plate is exceptional for the quality and number of trilobites displayed.
In total there are thirty one complete trilobites on this incredible plate
The largest trilobite is a Megistaspis hammondi, and is extremely unusual in that it has an elongated tail spine. These are extraordinarily rare in this condition. The eyes are set very close to the glabella. They grew to a large size and are thought to have been predatory.
The trilobite is 30cms long, and beautifully preserved.
There are also two Selenopeltis buchii trlobites, of the order Asaphida, with the long spines down the body and pygidium.
If you look closely, there is one Calymene sp trilobite, with the typical size and shape of the glabella, and a much thinner pygidium.
In addition are twenty eight Phacops trilobites, each one, approximately 7cms long.
This is an outstanding piece, and terrific for display in the home or office.
Plate size: 60cms x 50cms