Flying Hollardops Trilobite - Beautiful Prep Work

 
 
This is an exquisitly prepared example of the Middle Devonian trilobite Hollardops mesocristata, often incorrectly referred to as a Metacanthina. It has been nearly completely freed of the rock and is displayed on a pedestal of it's natural matrix. To prepare a trilobite like this would have taken more than a dozen hours. The surface detail is great with a nice thick black shell covered in small pustules, and the eye facets are well preserved.

I touched up a few surface scratches and dings but other than that there is no restoration on this fine specimen.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Hollardops merocristata
LOCATION
Mount Issoumour, Alnif , Morocco
FORMATION
Hamar Laghdad Formation
SIZE
2.2" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#1540
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