Scotoharpes Trilobite With Free-Standing Genals

 
 
Here is a fine example of the Harpetida trilobite Scotoharpes sp. from Morocco. It has a very dramatic "head shield" which is often interpreted as a mechanism to help it stay on top of a soft ocean floor. This preglabellar ring (head shield) is covered in many sensory pits which may have held hairlike features when the trilobite was alive.

This example has been prepared so that it's swept back genal spines are flying above the matrix. The only restoration is some very minor touchups of surface scratches left during preparation on the preglabellar ring.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Scotoharpes sp
LOCATION
Boudib, Morocco
SIZE
1.9" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#5965
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