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Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_zoom
Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach

Nahecaris stuertzi
15x16 cm (matrix), 5x8 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach
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Chotecops ferdinandi
19x16.5 cm (matrix), 5.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach
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Chotecops ferdinandi
17x19 cm (matrix), 5.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach
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Chotecops ferdinandi
12x20 cm (matrix), 7 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Nahecaris stuertzi (XL); 20.5x17.5 cm (matrix); 11 cm (fossil); Bundenbach
Nahecaris stuertzi (XL); 20.5x17.5 cm (matrix); 11 cm (fossil); Bundenbach_zoom

Nahecaris stuertzi (XL)
20.5x17.5 cm (matrix); 11 cm (fossil);
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Palaeoisopus problematicus_Bundenbach
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Palaeoisopus problematicus
26.5x17.5 cm
Near complete seaspider on an unbroken plate.

Mimetaster hexagonalis_Bundenbach
Mimetaster hexagonalis_Bundenbach_zoom

Mimetaster hexagonalis; 5.5 cm long
Parisangulocrinus zaeformis: 7 cm long
Complete marrellomorph with crinoid in sturbust position on an unbroken plate.
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach
Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_zoom

Nahecaris stürtzi
7 cm (Fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach
Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
26 x20 cm
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Rhenops_Bundenbach
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Rhenops sp.
5x10 cm
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach
Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_zoom

Nahecaris stürtzi
16x13.5 cm
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach
Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
12.5x9.5 cm
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

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About Fossil Trilobites

The term Trilobite literally means "Three Lobes." The name references the animal's body plan. All Trilobites have three lobes, a left pleural lobe, Axial lobe, and a right pleural lobe. See the image above.

Although they all have three segments, a Cephalon (head), Thorax (body), and Pygydium (tail), the "Three Lobes" do not refer to this.

Trilobites are Arthropods. They look like little hard shelled insects, and are often nicknamed "bugs" by fossil collectors, but they are not related to insects. Trilobites are an extinct clade of Arthropods (like crustaceans). Nothing like them exists today. They are, however, distantly related to the chelicerates clade. Chelicerates include horseshoe crabs and spiders. Think of them as little crab like critters.

Trilobites are diverse! They belong to the class called Trilobita. This class contains over 20,000 species of trilobites!

The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record dates to 521 million years ago in the oceans of the Cambrian Period, when the continents were still inhospitable to most life forms. Few groups of animals adapted as successfully as trilobites, which were arthropods that lived on the seabed for 270 million years until the mass extinction at the end of the Permian approximately 252 million years ago.

During the Devonian, South America and Africa were connected as part of the supercontinent Gondwana. South Africa was joined with Uruguay and Argentina in the River Plate region, and Brazil’s southern states were continuous with Namibia and Angola.

In 2017, the eggs of Triarthrus eatoni were found in an exceptionally preserved specimen of the Lorraine Shale, Ordovician, Martin's Quarry in New York (HEGNA, 2017). This occurence is also likely for Trilobites from Bundenbach due to their soft tissue preservation, but still lacking proof..

It is thought that the majority of trilobites were bottom-dwellers, crawling on the sea floor, or within complex reefs, acting as roving predators on smaller invertebrates or as slow scavengers on organic debris.

They were able to dig into the bottom sediments in search of food and to conceal themselves from predators. Perhaps some were herbivores on beds of algae (seaweed), or browsers on corals, sponges, or bryozoans. Some may have been filter feeders, orienting with the current and extracting plankton and organic debris. 

If you want to know more abaout Trilobites and their way of living, visit the website of  Dr. Sam Gon III - really the best!

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