4.9" Spiny Drotops Armatus Trilobite - Mrakib, Morocco

This is an impressive 4.9" long, spiny Drotops armatus trilobite from the Bou Dib Formation of Morocco. Nearly 100 spines along its thorax would have made it unappetizing prey from the predators of the Devonian.

This is a nicely prepared specimen with good eye facet preservation. Almost all Drotops armatus you see for sale have restored spines with the majority having all of their spines restored. Approximately 30% of the spines on this specimen are restored. Most of the longer spines with the exception of the ones on the center to left hand side of the tail are original, while most of the smaller spines such as the ones above the eyes are restored.

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.
Drotops armatus
Mrakib, Morocco
Bou Dib Formation
4.9" long
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