Beautiful multi-trilobite plate
Amazing detail of devil horns
Trilobites raised from base matrix for display
Wonderful addition to a trilobite collection
Multi Trilobite Plate
An outstanding trilobite plate, displaying three species of trilobite, discovered in Merakib, Taouz, Morocco.
It dates from the Devonian Period, 360 million years old.
In total there are 21 complete trilobites on the plate. The species are as follows;
There are 19 Gerastos izius trilobites of the order Proetida, with varying sizes, and all display the typical smooth glabella. They have been prepared beautifully, in raised position above the matrix.
In addition there is a terrific specimen of Hollardops mesocristata, typified by a wide glabella, and large eyes. There are long genal spines, and the pygidium, has short spines. Below it can be seen the cephalon of another Hollardops embedded in the matrix.
Finally, there is a wonderful specimen of the "Devil-Horned" Cyphaspis sp trilobite. This is a complete trilobite, and clearly displays the "Devil Horns", projecting upwards from the glabella. It has stalked eyes, long genal spines, and a long spine projecting backwards from the middle of the thorax.
Trilobites ("three-lobes") are extinct arthropods that form the class Trilobita. They appeared in the Middle Cambrian epoch and flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Late Devonian extinction, all trilobite orders, with the sole exception of Proetida, died out.
The last of the trilobites disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago.
This plate is highly unusual, and the preparation is stunning, with many of the trilobites raised above the bed matrix.
Perfect for display in the home, or for a serious collector.
One not to be missed.
Plate: 24 cms x 20 cms
Gerastos trilobites: 1.5 cms to 2.5 cms long
Hollardops trilobite: 3.0 cms long
Cyphaspis trilobite: 4.0 cms long