Dicranurus – a spined trilobite

(dye-cran-oo-russ)

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Model of the trilobite, Dicranurus.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Fossil of the trilobite, Dicranurus.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Devonian

HOW BIG IT WAS

Dicranurus relative size depiction as described below
Dicranurus was about 2.5 cm long with spines up to 5 cm long.

Dicranurus was a trilobite that lived in a shallow sea located near Morocco during the Devonian. Dicranurus was covered in pairs of ornate and formidable curved spines, which may have been used as a defence against an ever-increasing number of predators.

A trail through time

Trilobites appeared in the Cambrian and went extinct in the Permian. See how they changed through time.

RedlichiaNeoasaphusDipleuraProetids

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Dicranurus map

This fossil of Dicranurus was discovered in Morocco.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Devonian

CalderasGogonasusTiktaalikAcanthostegaDipleuraPtenoceras

Related Resources

MV Resources