A wonderful trilobite from the famous fossil site in Sylvania, Ohio. It is a partial Enrolled Ohio Eldredgeops Rana trilobite But it is slightly compressed so it is not completely round. This is a very showy Trilobite.
Here is a great example of the trilobites coming from this classic and well known site. The trilobites from this location exhibit outstanding detail right down to the eye facets and bumps on the head section. They normally are preserved with a rich black color on a dark gray or gray matrix. Because many from this site are also preserved with outstanding thick bodies that make these trilobites very showy.
The Ohio Eldredgeops Rana is Enrolled and was most likely rolled to protect from danger. Because the body segments were able to move trilobites were able to roll up into a ball. This protected them from storms and predators. Because Ohio was once a tropical sea near the equator it had storms. But some of the storms were so violent that the trilobite could also roll to protect itself from them.
The trilobite itself is 1 inch wide. The Matrix is an irregular gray matrix 2 inches by 1/2. It sits well on the matrix allowing it to be set upright on a desk top and cabinet.