Norasaphus monroeae

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Norasaphus monroeae
Temporal range: Arenig
Norasaphus Norasaphites monroeae.jpg
artist's reconstruction
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Trilobita
Order: Asaphida
Family: Asaphidae
Genus: Norasaphus
Species: N. monroeae
Binomial name
Norasaphus monroeae
Fortey & Shergold, 1984 [1]

Norasaphus monroeae is a species of asaphid trilobites named after Marilyn Monroe for its hourglass-like shaped glabellum.[2][3][4] Its fossils are found in Arenig-aged marine strata from the Nora Formation, in the Georgina Basin, situated between the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard A. Fortey & John H. Shergold (1984). "Early Ordovician trilobites Nora Formation, Central Australia" (PDF). Palaeontology. 27: 315–366.
  2. ^ Fortey, Richard. Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution, HarperCollins (2000) page 154
  3. ^ CBS News (9 December 2008)
  4. ^ Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature