Acadoparadoxides Trilobite plaque cast replica
Measures 11.5X8.5 Trilobite
Acadoparadoxides briareus from the Cambrian of Morocco.
Trilobites are very well-known, and possibly the second-most famous fossil group after the dinosaurs. There are over 17,000 species of trilobites. The name "trilobite" (meaning "three-lobed") is not based on the body sections cephalon, thorax, and pygidium, but rather on the three longitudinal lobes: a central axial lobe, and two symmetrical pleural lobes that flank the axis.
Trilobites are extinct arthropods that form the class Trilobita. They appeared in the Cambrian period 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.
Trilobites range in length from one millimeter to 72 cm (1/25 inch to 28 inches), with a typical size range of two to seven centimeters (1 to 3 inches). The world's largest trilobite, Isotelus rex, was found in 1998 by Canadian scientists in Ordovician rocks on the shores of Hudson Bay.
Trilobite means three lobes and their exoskeletons are divided into-you guessed it!-three parts lengthwise. The middle (axial) lobe protects the digestive system while the outer (pleural) lobes are where the legs are attached.
This specimen shows that these animals are also divided into three major sections, starting with the head (cephalon) then the accordion-looking thorax, and pygidium bringing up the rear.
This now-extinct group of marine arthropods roamed the oceans for years. Simple but successful.
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