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pauledevans

I was walking at Wren’s Nest, Dudley earlier today. My 4yo boy want to go fossil hunting, and knowing you can basically rock-up there and reliably leave with pocket fulls of samples with very little effort, it felt ideal.

Anyway, amongst the usual fair, I spotted this in situ…

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…as I was there with the boy, I didn’t have any of my usual measuring equipment, and it was on the top edge of the coral mounds, so I was more occupied with stopping him falling to his death. From memory, it was no more than 4cm on it’s long axis.

Initially I thought trilobite, but I’ve not been able to identify it.

So, what d’you think it is?

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Dirty Pete
Must admit it does look a bit like a disembodied trilobite glabella.

Pete
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pauledevans
That’s what I thought. It maps to a Calymene Blumenbachii’s glabella, the front pointing right. But the left portion in the image, I’ve no idea what’s going on there. That flanged part with a spiked fringe, can’t pin it down.
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Dirty Pete
Assume this is a moult, maybe that spikey bit is the end of its pygidium, the bulk of the pygidium and thorax having been lost.....or is underneath the head, maybe as a result of its contortions to achieve the moult......

Pete
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pauledevans
Yep. That’s my conclusion too at this point - I’m a novice, so it’s good to know I’m coming to sound ones 😅
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Dirty Pete
Hi again,
Dudleyaspis quinquespinosa (Apparently v.rare and only found at WN) has caudal facing spines in a similar position to yours.....

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If yours isn't a mash up then maybe you've found something even rarer.......where are the trilobite boffins when you need them? 

Pete
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pauledevans
Interesting. I’ve tweeted the Black County Geological Society to see whether they can throw any light on it. I’ll report back anything they offer. Thanks for the input, Pete 👍
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