Neltneria Early Cambrian Redlichiida Trilobite

Neltneria termieri

Trilobite Order Redlichiida, Suborder Olenellina, Superfamily Fallotaspidoidea, Family Neltneriidae

Gigantopygus papillatus

Trilobite Order Redlichiida, Suborder Redlichiina, Family Gigantopygidae

Geological Time: Lower Cambrian, Atdabanian Stage

Size: Neltneria trilobite is 85 mm long, 68 mm across; Gigantopygus trilobite is 45 mm long by 50 mm across; Matrix: 125 mm by 170 mm

Fossil Site: Issafen Formation, Issafen, Morocco

Fossil Code: 15091

Price: Sold

Neltneria termieri TrilobiteDescription: This plate displays a fine example of a member of the order Redlichiida known as Neltneria termieri. Coming from the Issafen Formation deposits of Morocco, it is firmlyGigantopygus placed in the Early Cambrian. Recent interest in Issafen trilobites has led to increased digging in the region, with stunning specimens such as this the result. Note there is a partial second trilobite seen on the plaque. The distinctive pygidium shows it to be Gigantopygus. I have included an artitist’s rendering so that you can see what one of these large trilobites looked like in life. You can also see a dramatic specimen of Gigantopygus in my other postings.

Reference: Journal of Paleontology, Vol 69 No 3, (May 195) pp 459-474.

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