Koneprusia Moroccan Trilobite

Exquisitely Preserved

Koneprusia sp

Trilobites Order Odontopleuridae, Family Odontopleuridae

Geological Time: Lower Devonian, Emsian Stage

Size: Trilobite is 48 mm long by 30 mm wide (including spines) on a 120 mm by 105 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Aatchana, Morocco

Fossil Code: 18028

Price: Sold

Koneprusia Moroccan TrilobiteDescription: Elegant example of an unusual trilobite which as an Odontopleurid has many fine relatives in Dicranurus, Leonaspis, and Ceratonurus. This one has a plethora of spines, most of which have been painstakingly prepared freestanding, making for a spectacular display piece. To what purpose could such a spiny armament be put? The answer DEFENSE cries out; with fish only recently (geologically speaking) having developed true jaws, any advantage a prey species could evolve would stand it in good stead in the eternal predator/prey arms race. This one is most likel;y Koneprusia brutoni, and has many fine features. Notice the spines on the cephalic edge and the subspines on the downward-projecting secondary pleural spines. This is a well-prepared example offered here at a highly-competitive price.

Reference: Fossilien, 27 (4), 2010. pp 204-211.

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