Pair of Ellipsocephalus Hoffi Trilobites
Item Code: 01122016/0167 (Foreshore Code)
Period: Middle Cambrian, Drumian, (Jince Formation Mt Konicek, Jince)
Description: These are two beautiful examples of the Ellipsocephalus family, one of the most distinctive and easy to recognise of Trilobites. These particular examples of Hoffi, two full and one partial (as per image) are lovely examples of the species with full definitions, making them very desireable. The preparation is of the highest quality and it is one of the best we have seen. Theywill make a treasured addition to any collection or a very special gift that will be treasured.
Dimensions: Please see photo with ruler for size details, these beautiful Trilobites come with a free stand so you can display it at its very best.
More Information About Trilobites: Trilobites (meaning “three lobes”) are a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita. Trilobites form one of the earliest known groups of arthropods. The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period (521 million years ago), and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Devonian, all trilobite orders except the Proetids died out. Trilobites finally disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago. The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years.
By the time trilobites first appeared in the fossil record, they were already highly diversified and geographically dispersed. Because trilobites had wide diversity and an easily fossilized exoskeleton, an extensive fossil record was left behind, with some 17,000 known species spanning Paleozoic time. The study of these fossils has facilitated important contributions to biostratigraphy, paleontology, evolutionary biology, and plate tectonics. Trilobites are often placed within the arthropod subphylum Schizoramia within the superclass Arachnomorpha (equivalent to the Arachnata), although several alternative taxonomies are found in the literature.
Trilobites had many lifestyles; some moved over the sea bed as predators, scavengers, or filter feeders, and some swam, feeding on plankton.
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