Some trilobites were pelagic swimmers, this trilobite Cyphaspis was a bottom seabed dweller, a forager its natant hypostome, which was a hard chitin mouth cover was a simple element, a muscle fixed cover which enabled the trilobite to sieve bottom silts filtering out organism to devour, as Cyphaspis dredged along the bottom. Its eyes being stalked helped it to see above the disturbance of its own forward motion.
The Cyphaspis trilobite fossilised on the original matrix (bedrock), has been extracted to show the ancient invertebrate crawl over its now fossilised seabed. The defensive...? Spines erect, the cheery character seemingly appears unaffected, as if the millions of years did not interrupt its daily foraging routine at all.
Genus: Cyphaspis. (Order Proetida, Family Aulacopleuridae). Age: Palaeozoic era, middle Devonian period, 395 million years ago. Origin: Lamrakeb region deposits near Alnif, Morocco, North Africa. Phylum Arthropoda, Class Trilobita, Order Proetida, Family Aulacopleuridae, Genus: Cyphaspis. (Order Lichida, Family Lichidae). - Burmeister 1843.
This trilobite was collected by one of our team members in North Africa and cleaned professionally in the Laboratory in Morocco. In the last decade the Moroccan preparitors have gained great skill cleaning and preparing trilobites, enabling top quality fossils to remain affordable, having a fraction of the cost of American or European Lab work. Having our association we have first hand knowledge of each specimen, guaranteeing the authenticity of our ancient arthropod, a member of the invertebrate group, a genuine fossil trilobite supplied with a certificate from The Fossil store. Cyphaspis: Order Proetida, Superfamily Aulacopleuroidea, Family Aulacopleuridae.