Moroccan Trilobite Phacops Droptops
- Trilobites form one of the earliest known groups of arthropods.
- The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record is 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: Phacops Drotops
Location: Issoumour, Morocco
Age: mid-Devonian period approximately 385-398 million years old
Drotops armatus (armatus from the Latin "armātus" meaning armed or fortified) are a species of trilobite from the order Phacopida that lived during the Eifelian of the Middle Devonian. Their fossils are found in Jbel Issoumour, Morocco.
Drotops armatus is similar in appearance to the genus Phacops,
albeit much more substantial. A significant feature of this species is that it has
spines protruding from its exoskeleton, presumably to deter
Trilobites are a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita They feature the following significant attributes:
Morphologically, the trilobite body is divided into three major sections:
This specimen measures 4.25"l x 3.5" w x 2.25" h.