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Evolution of Earth - Trilobites $2 2oz ruthenium & gold plated .999 pure silver coin.
First issue in the amazing "Evolution of Earth" series. This new issue features the Trilobites in sensational 3.7 mm high relief. The coin is completely plated in black ruthenium and selectively in gold.
Limited mintage to only 666 pieces worldwide. With luxury box and COA.
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|Face Value :||2 Dollars|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||2 oz|
|Size :||45.00 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 666 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Evolution of Earth|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
Trilobites (meaning "three lobes") are a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita. Trilobites form one of the earliest known groups of arthropods. The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period (521 million years ago), and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Devonian, all trilobite orders except the Proetids died out. Trilobites finally disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago. The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years.
By the time trilobites first appeared in the fossil record, they were already highly diversified and geographically dispersed. Because trilobites had wide diversity and an easily fossilized exoskeleton, an extensive fossil record was left behind, with some 17,000 known species spanning Paleozoic time. The study of these fossils has facilitated important contributions to biostratigraphy, paleontology, evolutionary biology, and plate tectonics. Trilobites are often placed within the arthropod subphylum Schizoramia within the superclass Arachnomorpha (equivalent to the Arachnata), although several alternative taxonomies are found in the literature.
Trilobites had many lifestyles; some moved over the sea bed as predators, scavengers, or filter feeders, and some swam, feeding on plankton. Most lifestyles expected of modern marine arthropods are seen in trilobites, with the possible exception of parasitism (where scientific debates still exist). Some trilobites (particularly the family Olenidae) are even thought to have evolved a symbiotic relationship with sulfur-eating bacteria from which they derived food.
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