Moroccan Trilobite Dechenella burmeisteri
Proetida, Family Proetidae
Hamar Laghdad Formation, Djebel Issoumour, Alnif , Morocco
burmeisteri is a member of Order Proetida, Family Proetidae, and is
a rarely seen trilobite. At 38 mm in length, it is near the top end
in size for the taxon, and for the proetid trilobites for that matter.
It is thought that this one may have lain just at or below the surface
of the seafloor, with its broad cephalon serving to keep it stable
while searching for a meal in the Devonian seas. The Proetidae were
among the last of the trilobites to go extinct in the Permian over
100 million years later.