Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil

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Caption: Trilobite fossil. Fossil of the trilobite Thysanopeltis speciosa. This trilobite lived during the Middle Devonian period (around 387-374 million years ago). The trilobites are an extinct group of marine invertebrates with a hard, segmented shell that is divided into 3 sections. This animal possessed a sharply segmented shell, bordered by spines, as seen here. Most trilobites were bottom dwellers, feeding on organic sediment on the ocean floor. Many could roll themselves into a ball when threatened, ensuring that only the hard shell was exposed to attackers. Found in Morocco.

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