Redlichiid Trilobite Mass Mortality Plate from Chengjiang

Eoredlichia intermedia

Trilobites Order Redlichiida; Family Redlichiiidae

Geological Time: Early Cambrian Qiongzhusi Section, Yu'anshan Member, Heilinpu Formation (~525 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Complete and Partial Positive and Negative Examples 9 -17 mm long on a 148 mm by 45 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Chengjiang Maotianshan Shales, Maotianshan Hill, Yuxi, Chengjiang County, Yunnan, China

Fossil Code: CJF013

Price: $1125.00

Trilobite Mass Mortality Plate from Chengjiang BiotaDescription: These trilobites are members of the Order Redlichiida, Family Redlichiidae from the Early Cambrian Heilinpu Formation deposits near Yuxi, in Chengjiang Couty, Yunnan Province, China, known as Eoredlichia intermedia. The species is one found in several locations within Yunnan Province, but this one is from the most famous location of all, Maotianshan, site of the discovery of the Chegjiang Biota by Hou Xian-guang in 1984.

The diversity of soft-tissue fossils is astonishing: algae, medusiforms, sponges, priapulids, annelid-like worms, echinoderms, arthropods (including trilobites), hemichordates, chordates, and the first agnathan fish make up just a small fraction of the total. Numerous problematic forms are known as well, some of which may have represented failed attempts at diversity that did not persist to the present day.

The Redlichioids of this type are considered to be the sister-group comprising all of the "higher" (non-Olenelloid) trilobites by Richard Fortey. Eoredlichia is thought to have lived on or close to the seafloor. Based upon its spinose limb bases and braced hypostome, it is thought by some researchers to have led a predatory existence.

This a highly desirable specimen of an uncommon mass mortality plate, which is made even more desirable due to its association with the Chengjiang Biota that made up a glimpse of the Cambrian Explosion some 5-10 million years before the Burgess Shale fauna came into being.

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