4.35" Bumpy Drotops Trilobite - Issoumour, Morocco

 
 
This is 4.35" long specimen of the large phacopid trilobite Drotops megalomanicus. There is about 1-2% shell restoration in total, a small patch on the tail and a small patch on the edge of the right cheek. Nice eye facets in both eyes.

One of the most striking features of this trilobites is the large schizochroal (multi-faceted) eyes which would have given it a nearly 360 degree field of vision. It also has a very bumpy exoskeleton, in particularly on it's head.


A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco showing the hard limestone layers being worked.



A photo of the Drotops quarry at Issoumour, Morocco. The quarry following the horizon where this trilobites are found extends several kilometers around the mountain.



How a Drotops might be found in the field, with part of the tail exposed in the broken rock. It would then be prepared using airscribes and air abrasives a process that would likely take 20+ hours for a good specimen..


DETAILS
SPECIES
Drotops megalomanicus
LOCATION
Issoumour, Morocco
SIZE
4.35" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#45612
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