Thursday, November 18, 2010

Orthostrophia fornacula? with Lophophore

An Orthostrophia fornacula? brachiopod named by paleontologist James Hall of New York.  Fossil found in the Jeffersonville Limestone of Clark County, Indiana.  Specimen dates to the Middle Devonian Period.  The white coiled tube visible in images is the lophophore.  Fossil is 4.6 cm long, 3.8 wide, and 3.2 cm tall.  Weight is 37.7 g.

Learn more about the area's brachiopods from this Indiana State Parks document.

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