The DICRANURUS MONSTROSUS trilobite must have been one of the most terrifying trilobite to all its fellow invertebrates. It is well named looking like a "monster". Large and long spines protruding out from its creepy body, this bottom-dwelling creature of the prehistoric seas would have been a marvel to see alive creeping across the ocean floor. The Dicranurus monstrosus is one of the most sought-after species of rare spiny trilobites and few 100% authentic specimens exist amongst a sea of fakes in the marketplace. This is one of the MOST FAKED spiny trilobites (has been for years) and the market is flooded with reproductions of this trilobite.
This is a fine grade GENUINE specimen with all original, authentic spines exposed. One of the main spines was missing (bitten by predator) when it was fully exposed from the rock, and has ben left as originally found. Unlike many examples of this species where only the horns are exposed, this trilobite has much more work invested in its preparation with all spines have been completely exposed and are free-standing. If you are demanding only the finest, 'non-fabricated' spiny trilobite specimens in your collection then you should seriously consider this premium specimen. This spectacular Dicranurus monstrosus trilobite with all its spines is 100% genuine. The ORIGINAL spines from this creature have been painstakingly freed from all the limestone matrix to display this bizarre creature as it was when alive. The limestone is a natural butter cream yellow hue and has been carefully prepared to a stunning smooth surface with the trilobite raised up off the rock.
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.