5.1" Large, Drotops Trilobite - Gorgeous Specimen

This is a large, 5.1" long Drotops megalomanicus trilobite quarried from Mrakib, Morocco. It's very 3D with excellent eye facet preservation and preparation. Certainly in the top 5% of examples of this genus that I see. Total restoration is about 2%, a small amount of shell along a repaired crack and some of the bumps on the front of it's nose have been restored.

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
Mrakib, Morocco
FORMATION
Bou Dib Formation
SIZE
5.1" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#195821
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