Saharops Moroccan Trilobite
Prepared in Freestanding Mode
Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae
mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 80 mm long (curve measure) by 52 mm wide
on a 60 mm by 70 mm matrix.
Oued Ghris, Alnif , Morocco
An uncommon trilobite, this one is known as Saharops bensaidi
and comes from the Devonian of Morocco. When I first saw this
one I thought it might be a different species as very few show
the axial spines seen here. With the advent of a reliable source
of electricity in Morocco, the quality of preparation has improved
dramatically over the past few years. While I used to refer to
trilobites prepared in a mode similar to this as flying, I feel
a new term is warranted by the preparation now coming into vogue.
This specimen is truly stunning when viewed from any aspect,
and is destined to become the a welcome addition to any collection,
public or private. This one was prepared by one of the paramount
craftsmen of his trade, an individual with 25 years of experience
in freeing these wondrous trilobites from the entombing rock.
Such painstaking preparation requires long hours of work, affording
a most desirable example of this unusual trilobite. The eye facets
are excellent, further testimony to the exceptional preservation
of this fine specimen. The piebald coloration is entirely natural,
the result of differential staining of the exoskeleton by minerals
in the rock.
trilobite pictures to enlarge