Flying Crotalocephalina Trilobite - Great Preparation

This is one of those trilobite specimens that makes you say, "wow they really do look like little aliens". It's a fantastically prepared Crotalocephalina gibbus from near Lghaft, Morocco. What makes this particular specimen so special is it was prepared in a "flying" pose by removing most of the rock from underneath so that it is perched on a pedestal. Even much of the matrix was removed from underneath all of the pleural spines. This would have taken DOZENS of hours of preparation work by a very skilled preparator under microscope.

The specimen is average size for the species at 2.95" long. It has a wonderful dark shell preservation typical of the Lghaft locality. There are a few repaired cracks from where the rock was broken during collection but no significant restoration.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Crotalocephalina (Crotalocephalus) gibbus
LOCATION
Atchana, Morocco
FORMATION
Lhandar Formation
SIZE
2.95" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#7897
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