I had a weekend free and travelled down to Agadir on the Atlantic coast in Morocco. We drove from Marbella to Seville Airport and flew down to Marrakesh with Ryan air hiring a car at the airport and then driving down to Agadir, 3 hours further south. I was visiting my nephew who is living down there in a little village just to the north of Agadir called Auorir.
It was getting dark so we stopped short of the fossil village at a cavelike roadside shop about 20 minutes inland from the sea. The shop owner Aguelif Hassan was a patient and skilled salesman. He explained the origins and history of the different fossils that we were peering at, sometimes referring us to photographs and texts in a magazine. Some of his fossils he explained were not genuine, showing us the difference. I settled for an impressive black ridged beetle like fossil, about 5cms long, still stuck to the rock in which it was found. It was the shell of a trilobite, about 350 million years old according to the magazine.
It seems to be a common fossil and turns up in quite a few books. It was an immediate hit when it could be identified in one of the books my grandson has. I’ve since found out that the trilobite would shed five or six of these shells during its life.
I liked Aguelif’s style, he is knowledgeable and has a wide range of fossils.
Here are his address and contact details:
Atelier Rue d’IMMOUZER
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: + 212 660 478 977
Happy trilobite fossil hunting in Morocco!
PS Update my grandson is 14 now and still has the fossil on his window sill!