Minicryphaeus giganteus

    SKU
    XM48
    Out of stock
    $1,425.00
    Overview

    A Rare, "Flying" Minicryphaeus giganteus trilobite. Another November Fossil of the Month. The specimen has been expertly prepared to make it completely free standing in a flying position. This is a BIG trilobite with a very unique design. Incredible shell and spine preservation and incredible size for this rare species! A well defined rostrum and excellent compound eyes. Note-  a rather new trilobite which was first described and named in 2014. An Early Devonian (410 mya) trilobite from the Jbel El Mrakib area, Atlas Mts., Morocco. Authenticity guaranteed. A very large and well preserved trilobite. Stands 4-1/2" tall - an incredible display! Much better than typical examples in the market. The BEST collector's quality! Museum Quality.

    XM48        Size: 3-3/8"  x  1-3/4" W  ;  Specimen mount is 4-1/2" tall.

    Note - More than 20 high quality Devonian age Moroccan trilobite species for sale. Authenticity guaranteed.  -->  Link to Moroccan Trilobites.


    Name: Minicryphaeus giganteus    Order: Phacopida,  Family: Acastidae

    Age: Early Devonian - Pragian (410 mya)

    Location: Jbel El Mrakib, Morocco

    Trilobite authenticity - Yes, there are fake trilobites on the market, but not too many and they are typically confined to low end / "bargain" dealers, eBay, Etsy, etc. Below are some of the common signs of trilobite fakes.

    1. If the price of a rare or exquisite spiny trilobite is inexpensive, there is a reason. It would be fake or a heavily restored trilobite with little collector value.

    2. If you see 2 or 3 or a dozen or more trilobites that all look identical and are neatly positioned on matrix, they are fakes. Each trilobite will be unique. Each should show some flaws. 

    3. If you see the matrix around the trilobite is a different color & texture or worse yet, the matrix is around the trilobite is starting to separate or delaminate from the surrounding rock. You are looking at a fake trilobite mold glued onto matrix. 

    4. If you a matrix piece with 3, 4 or more different trilobite species which are all neatly spaced and all complete, they are fakes. Sometimes you will see them in a bowl configuration. 

    The bottom line - Know your dealer, their reputation, and their willingness to certify their products and fully refund your costs. We certify all of our products. Please ask questions if in doubt. 

    About the preparation -  This trilobite was Moroccan prepared. The best Moroccan preparators are very good and now have proper tools and techniques. The best Moroccan preparators also minimize restoration and coloration to provide specimens that are natural.  You will see the faint cracks in the matrix that exposed the trilobite. You may see faint cracks in the of the trilobite shell which were also how the trilobite was exposed. You will see natural pathologies or flaws prior to fossilization. And you may see some minor damage that occurred while digging or preparation. Nothing is covered up in this group, but the flaws are so small and minor that is does not take away from overall aesthetics of the trilobite. These trilobite are natural and highly attractive without restoration. Note - Many commercial preparators will work too fast and cover up their flaws with putty and paint.


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    Size1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
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