5" Spiny Drotops Armatus Trilobite - Colorful Shell

This is a perfectly prone, 5" 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.

As with the majority of these you see on the market it appears that most of the spines on this specimen have been restored. The price has been reduced accordingly. Other than the spines there is about 3% shell restoration along a repaired crack running diagonally through the head and throax.

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
5" long
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