Super Walliserops Trilobite
Close up of the horns above the glabella
Terrific shot of the trident
Great view of the spines and eyes
This is an outstanding specimen of the trilobite, Walliserops trifurcatus, discovered in Alnif, Morocco.
It dates from the Devonian Period, 360 million years old.
The trilobite is beautifully presented, in a very striking pose, on the original matrix.
It clearly displays the trident on the leading edge of the cephalon. The purpose of this is open to speculation, but it may have been used in the same way as the horns on todays beetles.
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 will make a great addition to a collection.
One of the more unusual and sought after Moroccan trilobites.
Trilobite Size: 9 cms long