Trilobites within nautiloid cephalopods



Sheltered preservation’ of the remains of trilobites within the shells of nautiloid cephalopods is not especially uncommon. In most cases, of course, both the trilobites and the nautiloids were dead, and the association, merely due to post-mortem happenstance. However, on the basis of state of preservation and occurrence, a number of live individuals of the trilobite genera Acidaspis, Flexicalymene, and Isotelus from the Ordovician of the United States and of Alcymene and Encrinuraspis from the Silurian of Wales and the Czech Republic seem to have entered conchs of dead cephalopods, presumably for refuge.