Sunday, May 28, 2023

Holocystites gyrinus Cystoid Fossil

Last weekend, I was able to attend a field trip to Napoleon, Indiana USA. While there, I found this fossil which appears to be a Holocystites gyrinus (Miller & Gurley, 1894) cystoid. It dates to the Silurian Period  (Telychian to Sheinwoodian stage) in age. The locality is world famous for this type of fossil. This one is in a matrix plate and still has part of its stem.

According to Dr. James Thomka, professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, it is "from the mudstone lithofacies of the Massie Formation (long known as the "upper Osgood shale"), which is renowned for its 'cystoid' fauna."