Nevada Cambrian Trilobite Olenellus gilberti

Olenellus gilberti

Trilobites Order Redlichiida, Family Olenellidae (described by Meek 1874)

Geological Time: Upper Middle Cambrian

Size: trilobite 41 mm

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

Trilobite Olenellus gilbertiDescription: A beautifully preserved specimen of this widespread species that is found in Nevada and California. The genus is restricted to the early Cambrian (540-520 million years ago), making them good index fossils. They have a most distinctive large cephalon containing crescentic eyes, making them quite attractive to collectors. Most are only found as a preserved cephalon, making those from the famous Pioche Shale highly desirable.

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