From a very limited group of only a few specimens, this was the only DOUBLE example of beautiful and highly unusual Asaphus trilobite lot discovered last year. The host rock was the the real prize as much as the fossils themselves - the rock has a stunning natural pattern around the trilobites. The trilobites occur naturally together on the host rock with one partially lying over the other. Both trilobites are very large, fully inflated with high, dramatic relief and are 100% COMPLETE WITH NO RESTORATION. We have spent considerable time in Morocco and over many years, have dealt with some of the finest specimens that have come from that region of the world but this is the first time we have encountered such a unique specimen as this. It came from a recent acquisition whereby it was one of a few with this matrix coloration. This specimen is the ONLY multiple trilobite specimen of this group. The color, of course, is 100% natural and a photo of the back side of this slab is shown above to demonstrate not only this color running through the entire depth of the layer but the degree to which this slab of host rock is complete and not all patched together with plastic. The slab sustained only two very outermost fractures and the host rock the trilobites are on is intact aside from these two edge fractures. If the lines were just randomly running through the rock, that would be nice enough but the incredible beauty of this piece is the fact that the colored rings encircle the trilobite like ripples in mud as if it were burrowing across the ocean floor some 500 million years ago.
Because of the rarity of this fossil, it was meticulously lab-prepped to ensure the best possible presentation. This exquisite multiple Asaphid trilobite fossil exhibits the fullest inflation and relief possible. One cannot help but to think it is still alive as it protrudes dramatically up off the rock with no distortion. The original carapace is still mostly present. The head is tucked under slightly on one side of the whole trilobite. The color is natural with only a clear preservant applied to the carapace for protection. The original caramel and coffee brown limestone host rock is NATURAL in color and is quite thick .
This is one of the most impressive specimens to display and certainly a rare and true investment-grade example. The profound look, color, pattern in the stone and quality of this massive trilobite along with it being a very rare and unique type, make for an awe-inspiring display. The most beautiful MULTIPLE ASAPHUS TRILOBITE example we have ever offered!