You will marvel over the history and age of this authentic Flexicalymene Trilobite Fossil that is over 443 million years old! While each fossil is unique in size, shape, and characteristics, they average 2" wide and 3" long (ranging 1.75" - 2.25" in width and 2.75" - 3.5" in length). These unique and very inexpensive Trilobite fossils are the perfect entry-level fossil for a new collector, a great addition to add variety to an existing collection, or the perfect low-cost gift for any dinosaur lover or Jurassic Park fan on your list!
This species of Flexicalymene Trilobite (Flexicalymene tazarensis) lived 485 to 443 million years ago in the Ordovician periods. One of over 17,000 species of trilobite, these prehistoric creatures once roamed the ocean floors. Related to the modern-day horseshoe crab, this animal fed on detritus or bits of food that fell to the ocean floor. This fossil was formed when the animal's shell left an impression in the sediment, forming a mold. Once the shell decays, layers of sediment fill the mold creating a casting. The casting is the fossilized impression of the trilobite, an amazing formation!
Given the abrasive process of extracting this extraordinarily old fossil from the earth, these trilobites are invariably damaged during the process and are patched and glued back together. Each piece has a degree of restoration work, which will be visible. In fact, the restoration work authenticates the piece as a genuine fossil, setting it apart from cast replicas. Our specimens are from the Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find, excavate, and restore trilobite fossils. We invite you to preserve and protect your new treasures, keeping them for future generations to enjoy!
A quick note about your purchase: this fossil does not come with an identification card or display stand. You are welcome to jot down information from this listing to keep with your fossil. Thank you.
This listing is for one fossil, the photos are representative of the fossil you will receive with your purchase. As it is a natural creation, each specimen varies in shape, size, and characteristics. We take great care to select an exceptional trilobite for you from among our best pieces.
We hope you enjoy your new treasure! Thank you for shopping with Treasure Quest Mining.