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Ryann10006

Drotops Megalomanicus found it mislabeled and under priced at the mall today at a random booth, was a very unexpected pleasure :D measures somewhere around 5.3-5.4 inches, the condition is not to bad.

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Douvilleiceras

Nice phacopid! The correct identification is Drotops - Dratops is not a valid genus in the Family Phacopidae.

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caldigger

The mall?!  Wish our stores had niceties such as that...then again, we don't have any malls around here.

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Ryann10006

@wamorris1999 thanks!

@caldigger Oh I wish it was permanent, it was from a a mineral booth that only comes around maybe a few times a year for one weekend, we use to have evolution stores in our mall but they long shut down. 

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WhodamanHD

Nice!

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wamorris1999

 well that wouldn't do me much good anyway since I live down here in Bradenton Florida.

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Ryann10006

@wamorris1999 Eh no worries its a pretty terrible booth besides this lucky finds, the only other things where a few grossly overpriced ocean meg frags, maybe 3 mosasaur teeth, 1 small spinosaur, and those little baggies with misc dino bone frags. It was quite a shocker to see a Drotops Megalomanicus the seller didn't even know what it was and mislabeled the hell out of it, and generalized it as just a regular trilobite.

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wamorris1999

 it still would be a blast just to be there. And you did score on that Drotops!

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Ryann10006
2 minutes ago, wamorris1999 said:

 it still would be a blast just to be there. And you did score on that Drotops!

Indeed, it was refreshing to see any sort of fossils at the lame mall in my area.

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Macrophyseter

I've seen composite enchodus jaws mislabeled as authentic mosasaur jaws in museum gift shops, but a rarity mislabeled as a common trinket? That's a gold strike.

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Douvilleiceras
3 hours ago, Macrophyseter said:

...but a rarity mislabeled as a common trinket?

I'd hesitate to label any fossil as a "trinket." They're valuable examples of prehistoric life, and hold great scientific significance.

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doushantuo

from Lindstrom's the Visual Organs of Trilobites:

NB: some of the taxonomy might be outdated

 

 

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Ryann10006

@Macrophyseter Indeed, I really couldn't believe my eyes, and I was suppose to be saving money, but I have a no hesitation policy when things like this come around. 

@doushantuo Thanks for the interesting document! :trilosurprise:

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