2.7" Spiny Quadrops Trilobite - Ofaten, Morocco

This is a spectacular specimen of one of my favorite species of trilobites, the very alien looking Quadrops flexuosa. This bizarre trilobite has a distinctive four-forked protrusion coming off of the front of it's head which is where the genus gets it's name. It is not only a rare trilobite but extremely hard and time consuming to prepare owing to the hardness of the rock and the it's many free standing spines.

The left cheek on this specimen is either a composite or was moved back into place during preparation. About half the spines show some signs of restoration.

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: over 25,000 species have been described, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to their hard exoskeletons (shells), they left an excellent fossil record.
FOR SALE
$1,395
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quadrops flexuosa
LOCATION
Ofaten, Morocco
FORMATION
El Otfal Formation
SIZE
2.7" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#250019
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