SPECTACULAR Saharops Moroccan Trilobite

Prepared in Freestanding Mode

Saharops bensaidi

Trilobites Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae

Geological Time: Devonian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 80 mm long (curve measure) by 52 mm wide on a 60 mm by 70 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Oued Ghris, Alnif , Morocco

Fossil Code: 14049

Price: Sold

Saharops bensaidiDescription: 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.

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