3.4" Tail Of Super Spiny Spiniscabrella Trilobite - Issoumour, Morocco

This is a super spiny, 3.4" long tail of the mythical "elvis trilobite", Spiniscabrella stuvei. Despite numerous fake, composited and heavily restored specimens of this giant, porcupine-like trilobite finding their way onto the market, only a handful complete specimens have ever been found. Out of these complete specimens I'm only aware of a single example that wasn't a molt.

Given the size of the tail, this trilobite would have been close to a foot long if complete, and some of the spines on the tail are almost a half inch long. Despite just being a tail this specimen would have taken quite a few hours to prepare due to the long spines.

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.
Spiniscabrella stuvei
Issoumour, Morocco
Tail 3.4" long
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