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    SUPERLATIVE AMERICAN TRILOBITE
    Arctinurus boltoni
    Middle Silurian, Rochester Shale Formation
    New York, USA

    As if being the first organism to develop a compound eye were not enough, this representation of the most notable group from the Paleozoic Era also bears the burden of being the quintessential American Trilobite. Moreover, Arctinurus is only found in one locality - the Rochester Shale near Buffalo, New York. This is a very rare and uncommon variety of Trilobite with only a few specimens being collected each year, a sobering fact when one considers the thousands of Trilobites coming out of various other localities every year. This particular extinct arthropod is tremendously attractive, with dark graphite coloration and an exceptional state of preservation. The luster of this kingly specimen borders on the surreal, making it look more like a spaceship than a 400 million year old sea creature. The middle lobe of this fossil is inflated and raised in relief from its gray shale matrix. The Trilobite is in excellent condition with virtually no visible signs of any restoration. A good sized example at six inches in length, it exhibits the classic presentation of the dark Arctinurus that appears to be swimming on the mottled gray block that frames this most regal of American Trilobites. Arctinurus is a most collectible Trilobite, and this is a very fine example.
    Trilobite Measurements: 6.02 x 4.56 inches (15.30 x 11.57 cm)
    Overall Measurements: 10 x 8 x 1.25 inches (25.4 x 20.32 x 3.18 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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