Superb Brachiocaris Phyllocarid Fossil from Wheeler Shale

Brachiocaris sp. Phyllocarid

Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Subclass Phyllocarida

Geological Time: Middle Cambrian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Matrix 150mm X 155mm Brachiocaris 48mm

Fossil Site: Wheeler Shale, Millard County, Utah

Fossil Code: CB008

Price: $195.00


It is unusual to have a good positive and negative phyllocarid as one half is usually partially covered by matrix. This specimen is also unusual in having such good contrast. The taxon is also known from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, while another member of the genus has been found in the Chengjiang Biota. Phyllocarids are one of the lesser known branchiopod crustaceans from the Cambrian where they are among the earliest animals with a hard shell.

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