4.2" Detailed Drotops Trilobite - Issoumour, Morocco

 
 
 
This is a 4.2" long specimen of the large phacopid trilobite Drotops megalomanicus. It has a slight "cobra pose" to it with the head pushed up and back slightly, a common death pose seen in some trilobites.

The eye facets on this large specimen are very clear and there is only about 1% restoration along a repaired crack.

One of the most striking features of this trilobites is the large schizochroal (multi-faceted) eyes which would have given it a nearly 360 degree field of vision. It also has a very bumpy exoskeleton, in particularly on it's head.

A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco showing the hard limestone layers being worked.
A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco showing the hard limestone layers being worked.


A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco.  The quarry following the horizon where this trilobites are found extends several kilometers around the mountain.
A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco. The quarry following the horizon where this trilobites are found extends several kilometers around the mountain.


How a Drotops might be found in the field, with part of the tail exposed in the broken rock.  It would then be prepared using airscribes and air abrasives a process that would likely take 20+ hours for a good specimen..
How a Drotops might be found in the field, with part of the tail exposed in the broken rock. It would then be prepared using airscribes and air abrasives a process that would likely take 20+ hours for a good specimen..


DETAILS
SPECIES
Drotops megalomanicus
LOCATION
Issoumour, Morocco
SIZE
4.2" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#41480
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