Rare Proetopeltis Moroccan Trilobite with Unusual Red Coloration

Proetopeltis waldschmidti erfoudana

Trilobites Order Proetida, Family Tropidocoryphidae

Geological Time: Lower to Middle Devonian, Emsian/Eifelian Stage

Size: Trilobite is 19 mm long (curve measure) by 8 mm wide on a 60 mm by 85 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Hmar Lakhdad, Morocco

Fossil Code: 17079

Price: Sold

Proetopeltis waldschmidti erfoudana TrilobiteDescription: This is one of the fiew examples of the genus Proeopeltis I have been able to offer. It comes from a new deposit in a location known as Hmar Lakhdad in Morocco. Hmar lakhdad means “red cheeks” in Arabic, an allusion to the rich wine red color preserved in the specimens from this location, a consequence of high levels of iron in the silicified exoskeleton. Interestingly enough, phacopids from this site have been found that possess the red color to the exoskeleton and green eyes, a consequence of differential silicification and weathering of the iron and manganese absorbed by the specimen during diagenesis. Notice the presence of EYE FACETS, an uncommon occurrence in proetids.

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