Time: Middle Devonian
Size: (25.4mm=1 inch):
45 mm long by 34 mm wide on an 80 mm by 70 mm matrix.
Oufaten, Alnif , Morocco
example of an unusual trilobite which as an Odontopleurid has many
fine relatives in Dicranurus, Leonaspis, and Ceratonurus. This one
has a plethora of spines, all of which have been painstakingly prepared
freestanding. Even the cephalic fringe has been prepped out, making
for a spectacular display piece. To what purpose could such a spiny
armament be put? The answer DEFENSE cries out; with fish only recently
(geologically speaking) having developed true jaws, any advantage
a prey species could evolve would stand it in good stead in the eternal
predator/prey arms race. Here is a fine example sure to become a prized
member of any collection.