Rare Platyscutellum Moroccan Trilobite

Platyscutellum sp.

Trilobites Order Corynexochida, Family Thysanopeltidae

Geological Time: Devonian

Size: Trilobite is 50 mm long, 35 mm across. Matrix: 65 mm by
100 mm base

Fossil Site: Hamar Laghdad, Zerg, Morocco

PlatyscutellumDescription: Here is a rarely-offered trilobite: A member of the Order Corynexochida, Family Thysanopeltidae from the Hamar Laghdad Formation Devonian deposits of Zerg, Morocco. It is Platyscutellum, and is distinguished from Scutellum by the ribbing of the pygidium. The diagnostic feature is the row of axial spines, not seen in other relatives. This one is well-displayed upon its matrix platform, and is quite 3-D in aspect. Notice the pustulose body, another feature that distinguishes it from the other scutellids. It is only the second example I have had that exhibits both the spines and pustulose body in 10 years. The colrs dispaled here is entirely natural, rounding out the overall pleasing appearance of this distinctive taxon.

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Rare Platyscutellum Moroccan Trilobite

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