This is a rare Moroccan trilobite. It is a TRUE Metacanthina barrandea from the Devonian of Morocco. This classic trilobite was acquired from a MAJOR trilobite collection, and meticulously reprepared under a microscope in the EXTINCTIONS Prep Lab here in Colorado. This type is the ORIGINAL and TRUE Metacanthina barrandea - the trilobite that is now called Hollardops mesochristata was mistakenly called Metacanthina barrandea for over a decade. This 3-dimensional bug is wonderfully articulated and exhibits outstanding detail. The individual lenses of the large, crescent-shaped, compound eyes are nearly perfect and very easily seen. The NATURALLY ORANGE trilobite contrasts beautifully with the light-brown matrix. The fossil is well centered on the sculpted block of limestone. This is one of the best quality specimens of a REAL Metacanthina barrandea that we have ever seen.
This fossil was collected legally, and is also being sold legally.