Our Eldredgeia venustus Trilobite Nodule Keychain is scientifically accurate, cleverly designed, and meticulously sculpted. It appears, at first, to be a small stone, but this stone contains a scientific treasure! The "nodule" opens up by means of a cleverly concealed hinge to reveal a beautifully preserved specimen of Eldredgeia venustus, a common phacopid trilobite.
Eldredgeia venustus, from South American rock formations of the Devonian period. is often found in concretion (nodule form). This nodule is a remarkable conversation-piece that you won't want to put down. From the bulbous glabella on its cephalon (head) to the marginal lappets on its 11 thoracic segments, to the notched fringe of its pygydum, no detail has been overlooked. Even the legs and hypostome on the underside of the trilobite have been carefully recreated!
The nodule (the outer portion of the keychain) has an antiqued pewter finish which contrasts beautifully with the antiqued brass finish of the trilobite within. A perfect accessory for paleontologists, fossil collectors, and anyone fascinated by the study of ancient life!