Proetopeltis Moroccan Trilobite

with Unusual Red Color Preservation

Proetopeltis sp

Trilobites Order Proetida, Family Tropidocoryphidae

Geological Time: Lower to Middle Devonian, Emsian/Eifelian Stage

Size: Trilobite is 9 mm long by 5 mm wide on a 70 mm by 50 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Hmar Lakhdad, Morocco

Fossil Code: 17107

Price: Sold

Proetopeltis Moroccan TrilobiteDescription: This is the smallest example of the genus Proetopeltis I have been able to offer. It comes from a recent deposit in a location known as Hmar Lakhdad in Morocco. Hmar lakhdad means “red cheeks” in Arabic, an allusion to the rich wine red color preserved in the specimens from this location, a consequence of high levels of iron in the silicified exoskeleton. Interestingly enough, Phacopids from this site have been found that possess the red color to the exoskeleton and green eyes, a consequence of differential silicification and weathering of the iron and manganese absorbed by the specimen during diagenesis.

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