Bundenbach Fossil 

of the Hunsruck Slate


Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A034
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A034_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi (XL)
15.5x21.5 cm (matrix), 9.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A035
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A035_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
19x24 cm (matrix), 3.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A012
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A012_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi (XL)
18.5x29.5 cm (matrix); 10x5 cm (fossil)
found and prepared by W. Südkamp
Bundenbach, Grube Schmiedenberg

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A029
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A029_zoom

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

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A030
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A030_zoom

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

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A031
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A031_zoom

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

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A019
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A019_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
10x21 cm (matrix), 6 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A020
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A020_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
14x16.5 cm (matrix), 3.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A021
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A021_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
13.5x14 cm (matrix), 2.5 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Rhenops; Bundenbach_A024
Rhenops sp.; Bundenbach_A024_zoom

Rhenops sp. (rare)
14x17 cm (matrix), 6.3 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

Nahecaris stuertzi; Bundenbach_A010_zoom
Nahecaris stuertzi; Bundenbach_A010

Nahecaris stuertzi
6 cm (Fossil)_20x16 cm (Matrix) 
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Nahecaris stuertzi; Bundenbach_A009_zoom
Nahecaris stuertzi; Bundenbach_A009

Nahecaris stuertzi
4 cm (Fossil)_19x16.5 cm (Matrix)
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

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Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A022
Chotecops ferdinandi; Bundenbach_A022_zoom

Chotecops ferdinandi
14 x 15 cm (matrix), 5 cm (fossil)
found and prepared by W. Südkamp
Bundenbach, Grube Schmiedenberg

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
26.5x17.5 cm

Near complete seaspider on an unbroken plate.

Mimetaster; Bundenbach_A008_zoom
Mimetaster; Bundenbach_A008

Mimetaster hexagonalis; 5.5 cm long
Parisangulocrinus zaeformis: 7 cm long

Complete marrellomorph with crinoid in sturbust position on an unbroken plate.

Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_1a
Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_1b

Nahecaris stürtzi
7 cm (Fossil)

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_1a
Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_1b

Chotecops ferdinandi
26 x20 cm


Rhenops sp.
5x10 cm

Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_2a
Nahecaris stürtzi_Bundenbach_2b

Nahecaris stürtzi
16x13.5 cm

Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_3a
Chotecops ferdinandi_Bundenbach_3b

Chotecops ferdinandi
12.5x9.5 cm

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 - it is really the best!

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