Moroccan Trilobite: Odontochile sp: Zlichovaspis Rugosa
- Trilobites form one of the earliest known groups of arthropods.
- The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record are from the Early Cambrian period (521 million years ago).
- They were hard-shelled, segmented creatures that lived in Earth's ancient seas.
- They are considered to be one of our planet's earliest complex life-forms and are one of the essential signature creatures of the Paleozoic Era.
- Trilobites went extinct before dinosaurs ever existed.
- Trilobites were the first creatures with a skeleton (Exoskeleton), so they were easily fossilized.
- Their shell is divided lengthwise into three lobes (hence, the name TRILOBITE meaning three-lobed): a central axial lobe, and two symmetrical pleural lobes that flank the axis.
- cephalon (or head) with eyes, mouthparts, and sensory organs such as antennae.
- a middle region called the thorax with several overlapping segments(anywhere from 2 to 61)
- pygidium (or tail section) in which the segments
Species: Odontochile sp: Zlichovaspis rugosa
Location: Atchana, Morocco
Age: Devonian approximately 400 million years old
Trilobites are a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita They feature the following significant attributes:
Morphologically, the trilobite body divided into three major sections:
This specimen measures 5.5" x 4.5" on the matrix.