The COMURA trilobite is one of the most stunning spiny trilobites to have ever inhabited the prehistoric seas. They are wondrous creatures with complex displays of spines and bizarre symmetry. It must have been an amazing site to witness such marvels of creation slowly crawling across the ocean floor. It is no wonder that trilobites have been labeled "butterflies of the ancient seas".
This INVESTMENT GRADE spiny Comura trilobite represents the finest possible quality of preservation, completeness and displays an entire array of authentic spines freed completely from their matrix and exposed. This species is one of the most complex and difficult to prepare in this manner and such a project encompasses untold hours of meticulous preparation and skill. All three rows of spines running down the lobes of this trilobite and all other cephalonic spines have been exposed. TRILOBITE AND ALL SPINES ARE 100% AUTHENTIC. The trilobite is posed in a perfect straight position with genal spines radiating out at a different level than the body. This time-consuming fantastic, natural position gives the impression as if it is attempting to crawl off its original limestone matrix. Perfect for the most demanding advanced collector striving to acquire specimens based on the finest rarity and quality, not "bargain-grade" material.
WARNING: There are several different grades of spiny trilobites on the market now with seemingly identical and very convincing appearances. Fakers have mastered producing 100% complete replicas of trilobites with free-standing spines. There are also classes of trilobites offered from the source that have varying degrees of fabrication such as a genuine trilobite but with all spines being fabricated. Prices generally will reflect the quality as the source preparators and sellers know the global prices and charge accordingly for the different degrees of authenticity of their specimens. Nevertheless, price should not be your only guide. Often, features such as thicker than normal spines and a dull, almost chalky appearance without any natural satin luster to the creature are some obvious signs of fakes. Know how to tell a genuine from a fake by reading this and rely ONLY on established professional sellers who have active experience in fossil preparation and will offer you an unconditional LIFETIME guarantee IN WRITING of the authenticity of the specimen.