MEDITERRANICon September 5, 2019
SCARCE. 9,7cm Saharops bensaidi Fossil Trilobite. Oued Ghris. Morocco
Restoration details: No reconstruction, except the usual little cracks at exoskeleton and the ones at matrix provoked by the extraction process.
Dimensions: Specimen (trilobite): 7,7 x 6,0 cm; Matrix: 12,8 x 9,8 cm.
Weight: 744 g.
Finding locality: Oued Ghris, Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Species: Specimen:Saharops bensaidi; Family: Acastidea; Order: Phacopida; Class: Trilobita.
Geological period: Devonian, from Paleozoic Era.
Presented is a well-detailed specimen from a very scarce species of the Devonian of Morocco. The eyes are perfect, will all facets perfectly prepared. The quality of the shell is very good and it has been prepared with all the small exoskeleton spines perfectly displayed.
It is quite usual that quarrying work provokes loses of the tiny spines is this species. In this case, four pygidial spines and half of the cephalic spine were missing. Nevertheless, we didn’t reconstruct them, allowing to present a full natural specimen, with residual restorations just along the repaired rock cracks. A museum-quality trilobite.
NOTE: there is a video of the specimen in this page