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Psychopyge elegans Trilobite from Morocco (758 grams)

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Trilobites, an early arthropod relative of spiders, horseshoe crabs, and scorpions, preserved in this level of detail only occurred as a result of very sudden underwater landslides called turbidite sequences, which ravaged the early earth when the continents were still very much on the move. The contorted body positions of the trilobites demonstrate a final fight against being buried alive.

 

This is one of the most famous members of the trilobites' most famous family, the Phacopida, known for their huge compound eyes. Psychopyge is defined by an extremely long appendage at the end of the nose. Speculation as to this adaption ranges from sexual selection to a burrowing appendage.

 

Species: Psychopyge elegans

Age: Upper Devonian: 400-380 MYO

Location: Djbel Ougrat, Morocco

Size: 4 x 5 x 3.5 inches

Weight: 758 grams