Large 5.65" Drotops Trilobite With Great Eyes

This is a large, 5.65" long specimen of the trilobite Drotops megalomanicus. The quality of preservation and preparation on this specimen is very nice. I really like the multi-toned shell coloration of the Drotops trilobites from this location, and find in more aesthetically appealing than the ones with a solid black shell.

All of the tubercles, bumps and eye facets can easily be seen. Only about 2% shell restoration along a repaired crack through 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
Issoumour, Morocco
FORMATION
Bou Dib Formation
SIZE
5.65" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#41822
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