Bargain, 2.55" Wide, Enrolled, Drotops Trilobite - Spiny Phacopid

 
 
 
 
This is a 2.55" wide, spiny, Drotops armatus trilobite, preserved in a partially enrolled position. This large phacopid trilobite would have been over 4.5" long if outstretched. This species is covered in over 50 large spines, but the spines are all broken off fairly close to their base in this example. That is the reason for the bargain price.

There is some restoration along repaired cracks and the top half of the right eye is restored.

Trilobites were a very diverse group of extinct marine arthropods. They first appeared in the fossil record in the Early Cambrian (521 million years ago) and went extinct during the Permian mass extinction (250 million years ago). They were one of the most successful of the early animals on our planet with over 25k described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.
FOR SALE
$175
DETAILS
SPECIES
Drotops armatus
LOCATION
Mrakib, Morocco
FORMATION
Bou Dib Formation
SIZE
2.55" wide, about 4.5" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#169568
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