Enrolled Phacops trilobite discovered in the fossil bed at Hamar Baghdad formation, in the mountains of Issoumour, near the enclave of Alnif, the western desert of Morocco, dating back to the Devonian period, approximately 380 million years ago. each small enrolled specimen with attributes of the genus type, selected and cleaned. Excellent when viewed through a lens or with the naked eye.
These specimen trilobites are too we trilobite nerds at the Fossil store, little gems, we refer to these fossilised invertebrates as 'cute little fellas!' Maybe a little strange but we can't help loving these prehistoric arthropods. When out collecting in the desert, with each discovery in the fossil bed, we are delighted to unearth them and admire their unique crisp conservation and form. An excellent starter fossil for young collectors and a superb addition to nay ongoing collection.
This is the carapace of the invertebrate made of a chitin (chitin, consists of calcite and calcium phosphate mainly, in a protein lattice), in the fossil process this hard chitin carapace calcifies (absorption of minerals in the fossil bed), over time creating what we see today, the fossilised remains of the once extant marine bottom dweller. The trilobites have a remarkable likeness to modern day woodlouse also an arthropod, a segmented body cover and numerous legs, which is how we view the trilobite anatomy today. Excellent imagery has been developed particularly from the fossil deposits of the Burgess shale in Canada, showing soft body parts within the fossil rock. Finding soft body parts is an extremely rare occurrence.
The Fossil Store continues fossil finding trips to North Africa collecting trilobites from our colleagues in the field and in laboratory workshops. Our long-term connections afford us the luxury of knowing what preparation has been carried out or rather what repairs have not been made to our specimens, thus enabling us to guarantee every trilobite we sell and issue documentation to guarantee the authentication of each.
The process of fossil collecting in the whole region of southern Morocco in the low lying Atlas ranges, the ranges here erupt from the desert, the northern Sahara and climb toward middle Morocco, Marrakesh and further north to the Riff valley, Mediterranean north Africa, also onto the western coast again falling back into the Atlantic, the practice of the fossil diggers is to literally crack open the fossil bedding plain into smaller pieces of rock, the rock is gradually reduced into hand sized nodules or slightly larger and finally cracked open one last time, when a trilobite is found the nodule is fixed back together and off to the lab for more technical extraction using pneumatic equipment and micro sand air abrasive machinery, taking many patient hours to release the fossil arthropod of its prehistoric tomb.
These specimen trilobites have been found in scree, loose rock at the base of low lying ridges at Bou Teharafine, Hamar Laghdad, east Erfoud, S.E. Morocco, North Africa.