Asaphus latus

Trilobites Order Asaphida Suborder Asaphina, Superfamily Asaphoidea, Family Asaphidae
Geologic Age: Middle Ordovician
Trilobite is 80 mm long
Asery Level deposits of the Wolchow River region near Saint Petersburg, Russia
Remarks: The area where these Russian trilobites lived in the Ordovician experienced dramatic changes in salinity and turbidity, exerting significant selective pressure. The fossil record shows rapid adaptation in some Asaphidae that evolved eyes on high stalks, allowing them to better see both predator and prey more easily. Asaphus latus descended from Asaphus cornutus that had medium-high eye stalks. Note the significant effacement of the entire exoskeleton.

Also see: Russian Trilobites Evolution in Russian Ordovician Asaphids









Asaphus latus Asaphida Russian Trilobite

Asaphus latus Russian Trilobite

Asaphus latus Asaphida Evolution

The Cephalon is effaced and smooth: