3.4" Bizarre Dicranurus Trilobite - Huge Specimen With Reedops

This is bizarre trilobite looks like something you might see in an Aliens movie. It's fittingly named Dicranurus monstrosus. While fakes of this trilobite abound, real examples like this one are fairly rare, and ones of this quality don't come around very often.

This is a huge example of the species at 3.4" wide and 3.1" long. It is laid out nicely and naturally associated with a partially enrolled Reedops. Excellent preparation work and the surrounding limestone has been nicely sculpted to create an aesthetic display. The left cheek on this trilobite is a composite, but otherwise there is no restoration on this piece.

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.
Dicranurus monstrosus & Reedops
Atchana, Morocco
Lhandar Formation
3.4" wide, 3.1" long
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