Rare Agnostid Trilobites Association Plate

Ptychagnostus michaeli

Trilobite Order Agnostida, Family Ptychagnostidae

Peronopsis segmenta

Trilobite Order Agnostida, Family Peronopsidae

Geologic Time: Middle Cambrian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Matrix 60mm X 65mm Trilobites 5mm and 7mm

Fossil Site: Marjum Formation, Millard County, Utah

Order Agnostida comprises trilobites that appeared in the Lower Cambrian, became widespread and then declined to become rare in the Ordovician prior to their complete extinction by the end of the Ordovician. They are so unusual that some experts have suggested that one of the two suborders, Agnostina, should not even be included in Class Trilobita. Believed plantonic, they often lacked eyes, and their cephalon and pygidium are of essentially the same size.

P. michaeli, with its five spines, is one of the rarest agnostids found in the Marjum Formation, and only recently have good specimens been found

This plate coming from the Middle Cambrian of Millard County, Utah contains both the rare species Ptychagnostus michaeli and the uncommon species Peronopsis segmenta (the larger bug).

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Peronopsis segmenta
Ptychagnostus michaeli

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