Giant 4.35" Crotalocephalina Trilobite - Largest I've Seen

 
 
 
 
 
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 large for the species at 4.35" which is massive, and the largest complete example I've seen. Simply spectacular.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Crotalocephalina (Crotalocephalus) gibbus
LOCATION
Lghaft, Morocco
SIZE
4.35" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#26597
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