Barrandeops (Phacops) ovatus (McKELLAR & CHATTERTON, 2009)
Lower Devonian, Eifelian Stage (391 Million Years)
Jebel Oufaten Alnif , Morocco
Expertly cleaned by one of our trusted trilobite fossil preparators, here is a specimen we just brought back from our trip to Morocco in November 2014. No restoration/filler has been done to prepare this specimen. Taking hours to days at a time for a single specimen, pneumatic chisels and air abrasives are used to expose specimens as these.
Presented here is a fairly common trilobite that is known as "Phacops" as a common mislabeling, the genus was recently renamed in honor of Barrade, a famous paleontologist who was one of the first to work and describe the Trilobite. Famous for it's detailed eyes and broad body form, makes for a perfect palm size study piece or presentation specimen. This particular specimen exhibits an amazing dark green calcite shell and was beautifully prepared and sculpted out of the found host rock. Presented in an enrolled position, a pose the trilobites are thought to have exhibited as a defensive mechanism, much like modern "potato bugs/sal bugs/rolley polleys" and other arthropods that still live today! A wonderful study grade specimen of an ancient Devonian beast!
Trilobite : 1.7 x 1.4 inch / 4.3 x 3.5 cm
1 inch = 2.54 cm