Redlichiid Olenellid Trilobites Association from Nevada

Olenellus fowleri (Palmer 1998)

Trilobites Order Redlichiida, Suborder Olenellina, Family Olenellidae

Olenellus chiefensis (Palmer 1998)

Trilobites Order Redlichiida, Suborder Olenellina, Family Olenellidae

Geological Time: Lower Cambrian

Size: O. fowleri 50 mm in length O. chiefensis 40 mm in length

Fossil Site: C- Shale, Combined Metals Member, Pioche Shale Formation, Lincoln County, Nevada

Olenellus fowleri and Olenellus chiefensisDescription: Presented is an exceptional plate of two fully mature adult species in a delightful association. Both are preserved in the “medallion” type configuration, which is a hallmark of this locality. The O. chiefensis is just about flawless. It is inflated and has all it’s spines in place, including the tail spine. The O. fowleri is complete except for it’s opistothorax. Multi-species plates are uncommon from this locality. This would be an excellent complement to any western states trilobite collection.

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