3.5" Trident" Walliserops Trilobite - Flying Preparation

 
 
 
This is a good-sized, 3.5" long (if outstretched) specimen of the long-trident, Walliserops trifurcatus quarried near Foum Zguid, Morocco. It is arched with it's long-trident pointing upwards. Over 40 hours of preparation work went into this marvelous specimen to free it's dozens of free-standing spines from the rock. Beautiful eye-facet preservation in both eyes, great shell detail and no restoration.

Walliserops 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.


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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Walliserops trifurcatus
LOCATION
Foum Zguid, Morocco
FORMATION
Timrhanrhart Formation
SIZE
3.5" long (if outstretched)
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#72750
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