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Trilobite - Crotalocephalus Trilobite (No.142)

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Trilobite - Crotalocephalus Trilobite (No.142)Crotalocephalus Trilobite
from Morocco

350 Million Years Old, Devonian Period

Measurements Approx.
Height - 3.5 cm  (Trilobite only - 2 cm)
Width - 4.5 cm   (Trilobite only - 1.7 cm
Length - 5 cm     (Trilobite only - 2.8 cm)

    

Crotalocephalus is a genus of trilobite that lived from the Late Silurian to the Early Devonian. It's remains have been found in Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe

The name ‘Trilobite” means " three lobes” and they are one of the earliest known groups of arthropods ( animals with an exoskeleton ),  bottom dwelling sea creatures related to the modern day horse-shoe crab, their segmented hard exoskeleton body enabled them to roll up. (similar to Armadillos today). The Trilobites were amongst the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years, being highly diversified and geographically dispersed, with 17,000 species of trilobites having been identified world wide, this diverse group of extinct arthropods were one of the first living creatures to develop compound eyes.


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