STUNNING Comura bultyncki Trilobite

Prepared in Freestanding Mode

Comura bultyncki

Trilobites Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae

Geological Time: Middle Devonian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobites is 75 mm long (curve measure) by 50 mm wide (including spines) on a 70 mm by 85 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Jebel Ofaten, Morocco

Code: 13070

Price: Sold

Comura bultynckiDescription: Elegant example of an unusual trilobite termed “sail-spined” by some due to the dramatic row of axial spines found in this species. These spines were a good defense against the fish of their day, affording quite a mouthful for any predator with the temerity to attack.. With the advent of a reliable source of electricity in Morocco, the quality of preparation has improved dramatically over the past few years. This one took a great deal of effort to prepare the MORE THAN EIGHTY spines free of matrix, a task that took some FIFTY hours to complete. 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 cornerstone of any collection, public or private. This is the first example I have been able to secure in which ALL spines have been prepared freestanding. Note the presence of the hypostome. It was left as found somewhat disarticulated from its life position. While some would think it better to be removed and placed as it would have been in life, the purists will recognize the effort made to keep this one in its natural as found state. See my other offerings for a pair of these unusual trilobites.

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