As one of the largest Devonian Period trilobites, the Drotops megalomanicus is a perfect classic display trilobite due to its typical features in massive proportions. No squinting needed here to admire all the characteristics that make trilobites such amazing creatures with its pustulose carapace, dramatic segments and lobes, and large multi-lens eyes. Sadly, this trilobite is no longer being found in the Atlas region as prevalent as it once was and genuine specimens are becoming difficult to locate now. This has also led to the unfortunate proliferation of entirely faking these creatures and many can be found on the market. This trilobite used to be called "Phacops" many years ago and that label still erroneously persists in many dealer inventories. The length of this Drotops trilobite is several times what a typical properly classified Phacops trilobite measures today.
This is an excellent example prepared in an elevated manner and with extra preparation work on the underside of the head to expose the mouth appendage. Eye lens detail is evident on one eye with surface damage on the other.
Because genuine FINE GRADE Drotops megalomanicus trilobites like this are uncommon, fakes populate the marketplace in large numbers. Similar to all trilobites found in the world, the only way these are located is to break the trilobite-bearing rock therefore, repair and in some cases, restoration to the break is unavoidable.