Oustandingly Prepared Quadrops Trilobite - 2.55"

This is a spectacular specimen of one of my favorite species of trilobites, the very alien looking Quadrops flexuosa. This bizarre trilobite has a distinctive four-forked protrusion coming off of the front of it's head which is where the genus gets it's name. It is not only a rare trilobite but extremely hard and time consuming to prepare owing to the hardness of the rock and the it's many free standing spines.

This specimen is 2.55" in length and the preparation is outstanding, far better than most. All of the spines are real, the eye facets are clear and there is the shell in not burnt by air abrasives. It took on the order of 50 hours of preparation work under microscope to carefully remove the hard limestone surrounding it using air abrasives and air scribes. There is NO RESTORATION on this specimen.
Quadrops flexuosa
Ofaten, Morocco
El Otfal Formation
2.55" long
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