Top Quality Spiny Drotops Armatus Trilobite - 6.1"

This is a top quality of the super spiny phacopid trilobite, Drotops armatus. With somewhere around 100 free standing spines it would have been a very unappetizing dinner for it's predators.

It's very large for the species at 6.1" in length and has an natural, multi-toned shell coloration. These trilobites are some of the most time consuming in the world to prepare due to their many spines, some nearly 1/2 inch in length. The preservation of the eye facets on this specimen is particularly good. Much of the limestone surrounding it has been removed so that it displays very aesthetically on a natural base of rock.

There is only a small amount of restoration on this specimen. A few spines tips were broken and composited though the vast majority are original, there is some shell restoration along a repaired crack and a few touchups of dings from preparation.
Drotops armatus
Mrakib, Morocco
Bon Dib Formation
6.1" long
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