SLAB OF LARGE ASAPHUS TRILOBITES IN NATURAL DEATH ASSEMBLAGE
Anti-Atlas Mountain Range,
PERIOD: 510 million years ago
massive slab of 26 complete and partial large Asaphus trilobites is
indeed, a show-stopping specimen. This is a
NATURALLY OCCURRING mass death
assemblage of these trilobites on their original matrix, prepared to
expose fossils in their original pose as when buried.
Unlike many Moroccan multiple trilobite fossils
where the trilobites are artificially
assembled on matrix, this remarkable specimen is
with all trilobites found together as shown in their natural
positions. The topic of MASS EXTINCTION is always a
fascinating subject and our Earth's prehistory is filled with many
tragic events with evidence of fossils like this specimen to
demonstrate the sobering effects of such an apocalyptic occurrence.
After weeks of meticulous
preparation in our lab here in Orlando, Florida, we are proud to
present such an impressive museum display specimen as this.
None of the trilobites possess any fabrication or
restoration. There are only fractures and saw lines from
the original excavation, that have been filled. The slab has
been reinforced on the back side with steel bars and fiberglass
epoxy embedded in the original stone matrix that the trilobites
are on. This amazing grouping of very large Asaphus trilobites
shows spectacular qualities of both complete and incomplete
creatures - 26 in all! Some cataclysmic event was responsible
for the sudden death and burial of this ALL NATURAL assemblage
of trilobites. The photos do not really demonstrate the
extremely high relief and detail of this specimen. It resembles
an interstate pile-up of automobiles with numerous trilobites
overlapping one another in a scattered array. Many of these
Asaphus trilobites display some of the best preservation and
detail we have ever seen.
The photos exaggerate the
roughness of the trilobites and the very high inflation of the
trilobites is not easily seen in these images compared to
experiencing it in person.
This is one of our
most visually impressive trilobite fossils we have ever offered.
Unlike many large composite Moroccan trilobite fossils, this is
an extraordinarily large example that can boast of
trilobites on the slab being originally found as
they are shown.
If you are looking for that one
supreme large display specimen for public exhibition or a
private setting, this piece is definitely one of your best
candidates. It's the type of fossil that viewers will never
forget. It has great value in attracting publicity but it also
is a highly educational specimen, showing both, some of the
exotic life-forms that lived on our planet almost a half a
billion years ago and, demonstrating deadly events in past
history where large numbers of creatures died at the hands of a
brutal environment. Laws in Morocco have changed now and are
forbidding the export of natural specimens such as this so the
possibility of acquiring a piece like this in the future is
discouraging. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
EXTREMELY RARE AND ENORMOUS SHOWPIECE FOSSIL WITH UNFORGETTABLE PRESENCE
WHEN VIEWED -
x 39" overall with matrix, trilobites range in lengths from 9" to
Item - One Only