Giant Enrolled Drotops Megalomanicus Trilobite

 
 
 
 
This is an enrolled specimen of the trilobite Drotops megalomanicus sometimes incorrectly called a Phacops. Trilobites enrolled for defensive purposes similar to todays, "pill bugs".

One of the most striking features of this trilobites is the large schizochroal (multi-faceted) eyes which would have given it a nearly 360 degree field of vision. It also has a very bumpy exoskeleton, in particularly on it's head.

The enrolled trilobite is 2 1/2 inches wide and would be close to 5 inches long if fully outstretched. It has been prepared so that it rests, free-standing on a pillar of matrix. There is some shell restoration along a few repaired cracks and the axis above the tail.

A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco showing the hard limestone layers being worked.
A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco showing the hard limestone layers being worked.


A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco.  The quarry following the horizon where this trilobites are found extends several kilometers around the mountain.
A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco. The quarry following the horizon where this trilobites are found extends several kilometers around the mountain.


How a Drotops might be found in the field, with part of the tail exposed in the broken rock.  It would then be prepared using airscribes and air abrasives a process that would likely take 20+ hours for a good specimen..
How a Drotops might be found in the field, with part of the tail exposed in the broken rock. It would then be prepared using airscribes and air abrasives a process that would likely take 20+ hours for a good specimen..


DETAILS
SPECIES
Drotops megalomanicus
LOCATION
Djebel Issoumour, Alnif , Morocco
SIZE
2.5" wide, 5" around curve
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#2990
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