Trilobites were hard-shelled aquatic creatures that swam the Earth's ancient seas between 520 and 250 million years ago. They went extinct long before dinosaurs even came into existence, and are prized by amateur palaeontologists and fossil collectors. Trilobites are actually an extinct class of arthropod, a phylum that includes spiders and scorpions.
This particular long-extinct species of trilobite, Barrandia homfrayi, which swam the seas of what is now southern England during the Ordovician Period, around 450 million years ago.
Mounted on a plinth of oak, the display is reminiscent of modern art, except it's almost half a billion years old! The fossil and mount is around 27cm high.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
MOUNTED TRILOBITE NODULE
Acquired by Timeless on the UK fossil and mineral market, 2020.