Drotops megalomanicus Trilobite

in Defensive Posture

Drotops megalomanicus

Trilobites Order Phacopida, Family Phacopidae

Geological Time : Middle Devonian

Size: Trilobite is 175 mm long (curve measure) 75 mm across. Matrix: 70 mm by 75 mm.

Fossil Site: Djebel Issimour, Alnif, Morocco

Drotops megalomanicus TrilobiteDescription: This plate displays a dramatic example of a trilobite once termed “Phacops rana africanus”, now called Drotops megalomanicus. Phacops africanus is an entirely different trilobite (see my other offerings). This is a stunning example of a triolobite in an enrolled state. It is thought that trilobites would eroll to defend from attackers such as fish, which had recently (geologically-speaking) eveolved jaws. Another possible scenario would be enrolling in a hostile environment, predators notwithstanding. Perhaps this one was overcome by a slumping seafllor mudslide, only to be buried in this posture for all time. This baseball-sized specimen is impressive from any aspect.

Also see: Moroccan Trilobites

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Drotops megalomanicus


Drotops Trilobite

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