The Zlichovaspis (Odontochile) trilobites are of a graceful and beautiful design. With their long genal spines and streamlined pygidium terminating in a fine point, it can easily be seen why trilobites have been called "the butterflies of the ancient seas".
This is an interesting double trilobite fossil and one that shows a NATURAL AND ORIGINAL pair found together in the rock. They have been prepared in the same position as originally buried nearly 400 million years ago. The main Zlichovaspis has a smaller "buddy" Cryphina trilobite just above its back. The genal spines on the Zlichovaspis are fully exposed. The eyes on both trilobites are perfect with preserved lens detail as seen in the photos above. Both trilobites are enrolled which is believed to be a fear / survival response indicating that both of these trilobites died in a catastrophic event. The Cryphina is floating freely in mid-air with only a small portion of rock left attached to the ventral side of the thorax. The time and skill that went into this piece amounts to innumerable hours of tense work. Beautiful surface detail with entire trilobite fossilized in a dark olive green which contrasts in an aesthetic manner with the butter cream yellow original host rock on which it was once entombed. Truly a top-notch NATURAL DOUBLE TRILOBITE display piece with immense visual appeal.
With all our specimens, we include a written, non-expiring guarantee of authenticity. Similar to all trilobites found in the world, the only way these fossils are located is to break the trilobite-bearing rock therefore, repair and sometimes, restoration to the damage is unavoidable.