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Marrellidae n. gen n. sp "Furca mauritanica"

Extremely rare arthropod.

Era: Paleozoic

Period: Lower Ordovician

Stage: Tremadocian (485.4 - 477.7 ma)

Location: Beni Zouli, region of Drâa-Tafilalet, Zagora Province , Morocco

Coordinates: 30 ° 29'33.6 "N 5 ° 53'07.2" W

Description: This piece has been prepared by some expert hands. Usually this strange arthropod appears rarely and split in half in a nice positive and negative but in this case the preparer acquired it in the quarry with the stone without breaking and chose to prepare it with patience with hammer and sandblasting (see video).

The difference in the result is more than obvious and the quality it is far superior to the classic positive / negative.

The Fezouata formation or Fezouata shale contains some extraordinary fossils because the animals were quickly buried by storm deposits formed by silt and clays, favorable conditions for the conservation of soft tissues (now pyritized or altered due to a mixture of oxides and iron hydroxides, hence its orange-red color)

The fossils belong to two intervals, Tremadocian and Floian, much less rich in fossils.


Well preserved fossil, 100% natural, without restoration or painting.

Matrix measurements: 10.8 x 9.6 x 1.7cm / 4.25 "x 3.78" x 0.67 "

Malleromorph measurements with antennae and spines: 5.7 cm / 2.24 "

Malleromorph Measurements (body only): 3.8 cm / 1.5 "

Weight: 357 g / 0.789lb


This piece will travel insured in a safety package to arrive in perfect condition.

Marrellidae n. gen n. sp "Furca mauritanica"

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