Bargain, 3" Quadrops Trilobite - Ofaten, Morocco

 
 
 
This is a spectacular specimen of one of my favorite species of trilobites, the very alien looking Quadrops flexuosa. This bizarre trilobite has a distinctive four-forked protrusion coming off of the front of it's head which is where the genus gets it's name.

This specimen is bargain priced, because of the preparation was a bit rough and the tiny rows of spines which are free-stood in higher quality examples are missing. There is some touchups of scratches and dings from preparation. Because of these defects it is being offered at a price which is a fraction of a well prepared specimen of the species.

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 described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.
FOR SALE
$495
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quadrops flexuosa
LOCATION
Ofaten, Morocco
SIZE
3" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#107001
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