AMAZING LARGE FLOATING DROTOPS
TRILOBITE COMPLETELY EXPOSED FREE FROM MATRIX WITH EXPOSED MOUTH PARTS
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
PERIOD: 395 - 345 million years ago
Quite substantial in size, the large DROTOPS trilobite is a fantastic display fossil!
Previously labeled as Phacops
africanus, the current scientific
name is Drotops megalomanicus. Since most trilobites are less than
a couple of inches in length, these are monsters and perfect for
show. These are the largest genuine Devonian trilobites in the
world that have this kind of high relief and fascinating detail as seen
in the photos above.
is one of the most amazing examples of trilobite lab preparation mastery
and certainly the finest and rarest specimen of DROTOPS MEGALOMANICUS we
have ever seen or offered!
It is THE Drotops of all Drotops and will most definitely be amongst the
most talked about specimens of any collection!!! The very large
example has been completely cleaned of matrix with a reduced portion
remaining underside and the entire trilobite floating on a pillar of its
original limestone matrix in which it was found. The entire
perimeter of the Drotops has been fully exposed and ALL pleural spines
are free from matrix. The hypostoma mouth part is intact and also
fully exposed, visible underneath the head. This would be a
perfect trilobite to display on a mirror so that the viewer can
appreciate the extreme number of hours and masterful prep skill that was
invested in this SUPREME Drotops to the UNDERSIDE as well as the upper
outer regions. Overall anatomical and surface detail
is excellent including lens detail visible on both eyes.
genuine CHOICE GRADE Drotops megalomanicus trilobites like this are rare, fakes
populate the marketplace. Like all our specimens, we guarantee the authenticity of
this spectacular specimen offered here. Similar to all trilobites found in
the world, the only way these are located is to break the
trilobite-bearing rock therefore, repair and some restoration to the
break is unavoidable.
are hard-shelled, segmented creatures
that lived hundreds of millions of years ago in the Earth's ancient seas.
They are considered to be one of our planet's earliest complex
life-forms and are one of the key
signature creatures of the Paleozoic Era. Trilobites went extinct before dinosaurs even
to dinosaur fossils, trilobites command a dedicated and passionate
following amongst both scientists and fossil collectors, alike. In
a relatively short time-frame (scientifically speaking, of course), we
have the emergence and subsequent extinction of these fascinating
creatures. Still most baffling is the incredible diversity of
sizes and features that made up the trilobite group. Many bizarre
species co-existed with highly specialized body parts that defy the
theories of evolution in their "sudden" emergence and
diversity during the Early Cambrian Period in what is known as the
were among the world's first arthropods, a phylum of hard-shelled
creatures with multiple body segments and jointed legs (although the
legs, antennae and other finer structures of trilobites only very rarely
are preserved). They constitute an extinct class of arthropods,
Trilobita, that is comprised of over 15,000 known species.
It has been
reported that every year, four to five new species are discovered in the
Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountain regions in Morocco, alone! This
desolate northern fringe of the Sahara Desert was once covered by a
prehistoric ocean and its fossil deposits can be considered the world's
richest and most diverse source of these ancient sea creatures.
Trilobites are the single most diverse
group of extinct organisms that ever existed, period! The
smallest known trilobite is just three millimeters long, while
the largest type grew to a length of 70 centimeters (over two feet
long!). The most
common fossil of trilobites is the mineralized dorsal exoskeleton of the
creature. This is found in partial form from molting (shedding the
shell as it grows) or in complete form when the animal was buried and
died intact. The soft parts of the underside are rarely
preserved. The name 'TRILOBITE' means 'three lobed" and is
derived from the fact these animals had bodies featuring three longitudinal
lobes, not lateral (head, body, tail) as is often thought. The
lateral division of three parts is shared by many arthropods, not just
study has been done on trilobites as a whole organism. Even more
fascinating though, is the research done on a microscopic level with
regards to trilobite morphology. Radiographs have
captured incredible detail of complete and fully articulated antennae
and underparts like legs and gills, preserved in the host rock of some
fossilized specimens. Perhaps the most impressive and classic
feature of trilobites that comes to mind is the eyes. Microscopic
studies of trilobite eye structures have also revealed marvelous
adaptation and very high degrees of specialization in
that the more we learn about trilobites, the unfolding of their mystery
is stranger than fiction. Certainly we gain a greater appreciation
with each new discovery of these strange and highly advanced but now
extinct 'butterflies of the ancient seas'.
PREPARATION PROJECT WE HAVE SEEN PERFORMED ON THIS TYPE! - ALL MOUTH
VISUAL PLEASURE EMANATES FROM THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND PREHISTORIC GEM FOSSIL
- A MUST FOR EXHIBITION!!!
Trilobite is 5.5"
Item - One Only