Lobopyge Trilobite 26mm

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Lobopyge Trilobite 26mm


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Lobopyge trilobite 26mm in length. This example of an very pimply fossilised trilobite. The cephalon which has two deep furrows creating a tri-lobed head and a first impression of two large eyes which are in fact covered with postules as is the whole cephalon, doublure and the hypostome, the chin area and genal spines. In fact the whole segmented arthropod carapace is heavily encrusted in tubercles right the way through to the pygidium spines, the tail section spines. A remarkable specimen with typical stub eyes of this type, which again appear with tubercles to the lower portion of the elevated eyes. Even the pleural spines are covered with postures which could possibly also have been spines.

Genus: Lobopyge.
Age: Middle Devonian era, approximately 393 to 383 million years.
Origin: Near Bou Teharafine, Hamar Laghdad, east Erfoud, S.E. Morocco, North Africa.

Lobopyge measurement.
Length: 2.6 cm
Width: 2.6 cm
Height: 1.6 cm

Overall measurement.
Height: 3.2 cm
Width: 6.3 cm
Depth: 7 cm

Approximate weight: 158 g

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Lobopyge trilobite 26mm. The relatively rare specimen trilobite, recently new type discovered in the fossil record of Morocco. The excellent example captured in a seemingly defiant act, throwing the cephalon (head) back, we could romantically suggest in the act of deluge, as the silts overcome the ancient arthropod in some underwater cataclysm.

This is how many palaeontologist theorise the prehistoric invertebrates came to be petrified and then fossilised in the Devonian period. In mass mortality burials, the invertebrates could have been covered as underwater shelves broke away crashing down to the seabed, bringing with them silts aiding to the the demise of any trilobites underneath. We also believe the seabed in this era was covered with millions of trilobites, so diverse and widespread as a worldwide group as they are, thus enabling so many to be fossilised for posterity.

All the attributes of this fine genus are present and well defined on a natural bedrock of limestone, as it was found and recovered from the fossil bed, now part of the Sahara desert of North Africa.

Additional Information

Age Devonian
Origin Morocco
Colour Brown

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