Multiple Trilobite Mortality Specimen

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We assumed this well prepared mortality piece was a composite, with at least one specimen added. However, we were told that's not the case and thateah trilobite has been prepared in the matrix, in the positions as we see them. We still have a small doubt. But, we've no doubt that the trilobites are of exceptional quality and meticulously prepared. There was a matrix fracture that has been stabilized and to us is not a big deal, as the piece itself if fantastic. The piece was prepared by the individual who made its discovery. Specimens like these once were prepared exclusively in the United States or Europe. However, now that Morocco has a much more stabilized energy grid, they do excellent preparation in their own country.

With matrix:
~6" x 5" x 3"-1/2" x 7"

Crotaloce Phalian: ~2-3/4" long                                                            Dictanurus Monstrosus: ~ 2-1/4" long                                                    Redrops: ~ 1" long                                                                                    Redrops: ~ 1-1/4" long

Location: Zquid, Morocco

Time Period: Middle Ordovician / ~395 M.Y.O.

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Trilobites are extinct hard shelled marine arthropods with amazingly great diversity. It is estimated there were over 15,000 known species of Trilobita, making them the most diverse animal life form that ever existed on earth. In Morocco, new Trilobite specimens are being discovered every year. Trilobites are are important as paleo-zoic guide fossils, having existed for over 270 million years. They began their existence during the early Cambrian time period (520 mya), long before dinosaurs existed but went extinct around 250 mya, before dinosaurs died out.

The name Trilobite means "three lobes", and is so named due to the long sections of the animals body, the Left & Right Pleural Lobes and the middle Axial Lobe. 
Trilobites keen eye structures were highly adaptable to their environment. Some had lenses extending off of antenna like protrusions, while others had large eyes with thousands of lenses which enabled the creature to see 360 degrees