2.6" Trident" Walliserops Trilobite - Fine Specimen

This is one of the weirdest, and most visually stunning species of trilobite, Walliserops trifurcatus. There is some debate about the purpose of the trident shaped appendage or rostrum coming off the front of it's head but it's likely it could have either had sensory purposes or have been used to stir up the mud while looking for food.

Unlike many on the market the trident and the free standing spines are real. They were painstakingly prepared free of the solid limestone using air abrasives under microscope and a lot of patience. This piece took around 40-50 hours of manual labor to prepare.

There is <1% restoration on the trilobite, a very small patch of shell restoration on the left cheek where the seam runs through the rock and some on the spine above the left eye.

A photo of the quarry at Foum Zguid. The Walliserops come out of the very bottom layer, which requires 1-2 meters of limestone overburden to be removed.
Walliserops trifurcatus
Foum Zguid, Morocco
Timrhanrhart Formation
2.6" long
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