Platillaenus Trilobite 70mm, an excellent Ordovician period trilobite from Morocco. The fossilised exoskeleton preserved in a three-dimensional pose for over 400,000,000 years.
This fossilised arthropod has a typically ancient appearance, unsurprisingly given its age! the excellent Platillaenus trilobite has been worked out of the fossil bedrock onto a pedestal of what was once seabed silt now hardened over the eons. Each attribute picked out by the technician's skill to once again be seen. The eleven thoracic segments divide the glabella, head shield and pygidium, tail shield. A good robust trilobite from a prehistoric ocean now thrown up and creating the lower Atlas Ranges of North Africa, a vast wilderness of desert scrub and mountainous regions of Hamada.
The preparator is one of our Moroccan team associates, the trilobite was personally hand collected by our fossil digger and technician and has been careful with the aid of the latest air abrasive techniques cleaned for display. We guarantee authenticity and quality with all our specimens this Platillaenus fossilised arthropod trilobite is no exception to this guarantee. It requires many hours of diligent and patient concentration with a pneumatic pen to clean the overburden of limestone rock away from the specimen without damaging the trilobite. The rarity coupled with the technical skill required to extract and prepare elevates this specimen trilobite to the upper levels of study and collecting trilobites.
Age: Palaeozoic, Ordovician era, around 500 to 440 millions years ago.
Origin: Taychoute, Morocco, North Africa.
Height: 2 cm
Length: 7 cm
Width: 4.6 cm
Length: 8.8 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Approximate weight: 274 g