3" Crotalocephalina & Reedops Trilobite - Flying Preparation

This is a really outstanding association of two beautifully prepared trilobites from the Lhandar Formation of Morocco. There is a good-sized, 3.1" long Crotalocephalina gibbus with gorgeous shell preservation and a 2.5" long Reedops.

The prep work is spectacular with most of the limestone being removed using air abrasives and air scribes under microscope leaving both trilobites aesthetically perched on pillars of rock. Dozens of hours of prep work by a very skill preparator would have gone into this piece. There is about 2-3% shell restoration on total, mostly on the head of the Crotalocephalian.

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 currently described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left an excellent fossil record.
Crotalocephalina gibbus & Reedops
Atchana, Morocco
Lhandar Formation
Crotalocephalina 3.1" long
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