Rare Proetid Moroccan Trilobite Dechenella burmeisteri

Name: Dechenella burmeisteri

Trilobita, Trilobite Order Proetida, Family Proetidae

Geological Time: Devonian

Size: 38 mm long

Fossil Site: Hamar Laghdad Formation, Djebel Issoumour, Alnif , Morocco

Dechenella burmeisteri Moroccan TrilobiteDechenella 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.

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