5.3" Drotops Trilobite With White Patina - Mrakib, Morocco

This is a large, 5" long Drotops megalomanicus trilobite quarried from Mrakib, Morocco. The shell has a white patina to it. This is often seen on specimens from Mrakib where specimens from Issoumour tend to be jet black.

There is good preservation in both eyes and only about 5% shell restoration overall. The limestone surrounding it has been sculpted to create a natural display base that it stands up on a hard surface without the need for a display stand. A really cool piece.

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.

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DETAILS
SPECIES
Drotops megalomanicus
LOCATION
Mrakib, Morocco
FORMATION
Bou Dib Formation
SIZE
5.3" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#235811
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