Metacanthina issoumourensis trilobite 26mm prepared in our laboratory using highly adapted micro-pneumatic pens and air abrasive machines. This Trilobite is a Devonian Arthropod, a sea bottom dweller. This genus is known for its long body (thoracic) spines and frilly (pygidium) tail. The Trilobite has been prepared to expose the exoskeleton (fossilised carapace), while retaining prostrate stance on the original matrix (fossil limestone bed rock). Originating from Hamar Laghdad formation, Djebel Issoumour, Alnif, Morocco, North Africa and dating back to the Devonian period, approximately 354 to 417 million years.
A brief trilobite history; The order or group of trilobites evolved during the Pre-Cambrian period approximately 550 million years ago, One of the most complex forms of early life, the trilobites reign lasted over 270 million years coming to an end around 250 million years ago in the time of the Permian period. Trilobite genus types were diverse and globally extensive. The Trilobite was a member of the Proetida Order, Family of the Proetidae. Trilobites were complex animals, having the first compound eyes and segmented bodies which enabled them to enrolled, possibly for a defense posture. The name trilobite refers to the three part body shape, this is longitudinally referenced to the tri-lobed effect of the whole arthropod and not, as often is the case, mistaken for the three main and distinctive constituent parts of the carapace, the cephalon (head), the thorax (body) and the pygidium (tail).
Dating back to the Devonian period 417 to 354 million years ago, of the order Phacopida, family Acastidae, genus Metacanthina issoumourensis sp.
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