Bundenbach Fossil 
Arthropods

Hunsruck Slate


Arthropoda

For many collectors roofing slates of Bundenbach are a synonym for arthropods at excellent preservation, first of all of Trilobites. Although the class Trilobita is diverse, containing over 20,000 species in the fossil record, there are only 10 genera and species listed according to the identification book "Life in the Devonian" by SÜDKAMP (2017). Based on the find frequency, about 99% of all finding belong to Chotecops. An inverse relationship results for specimens with feet. Out of about 100 Chotecops specimens, one shows soft tissue preservation. Apart from Renops, complete specimens of all other genera are among the greatest rarities.

Chotecops ferdinandi

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Chotecops ferdinandi (XL)
22x26 cm (matrix), 8 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

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Chotecops ferdinandi (XL)
25x26 cm (matrix), 8x9 cm (fossil)
Bundenbach, Grube Eschenbach

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

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

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

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

Rhenops sp.

Rhenops sp.

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

Nahecaris stuertzi

Nahecaris is the most common non-Trilobite arthropod. The large bivalved shield (carpace) is not uncommon, complete specimens with limbs and antennae are highly sought rarities by collectors.

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Nahecaris stuertzi + Sphenotallus
15x22 cm (matrix), 10 cm (fossil)
ex coll. Goldbach museum, with X-Ray
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

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

Arthropods other than trilobites and Nahecaris are among the most spectacular fossils of the Hunsrück Slate. They give a unique insight into a dynamic development in Devon. Only unique specimens or a few specimens are known from numerous genera. Available for collectors, at least in partial preservation, are Sea Spider with the habit of a knight's armor, belonging to Chelicerates group, and Mimetaster, with his star-like head shield, belonging to the Euarthropoda.

Palaeoisopus problematicus

Palaeoisopus problematicus
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

Mimetaster hexagonalis

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Mimetaster hexagonalis (XL)
19x27 cm (Matrix), 7.0 cm (Fossil)
ex coll. Goldbach Museum Herrstein
Bundenbach, Grube Obereschenbach

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