Spectacularly Spined Koneprusia brutoni Moroccan Trilobite

Koneprusia brutoni

Trilobites Order Lichida, Family Odontopleuridae

Geological Time: Middle Devonian

Size (25.4mm=1 inch): 45 mm long by 34 mm wide on an 80 mm by 70 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Oufaten, Alnif , Morocco

Fossil Code: 04004

Price: Sold

Koneprusia brutoni 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, all of which have been painstakingly prepared freestanding. Even the cephalic fringe has been prepped out, 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. Here is a fine example sure to become a prized member of any collection.

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