It is often that yesterday’s
common fossil is today’s rarity, and vice versa!! I don’t
know if the collecting quarry is closed, or, no one is taking
the time to quarry these, but, they are now scarce. This Calymene
is complete, fully inflated and visually impressive. It appears
as if it was chiseled out of the finest marble. It’s my
last one to offer.
Calymene celebra is a Calymenid trilobite (Order: Phacopida; Family:
Calymenidae) coming from the Silurian dolomitic limestone of Grafton,
Illinois. The species has been assigned to several different genenera
over the past century; Calymene, Flexicalymene, Gravicalymene,
and Sthenocalymene. Calymene celebra was chose as the state fossil
of Wisconsin in 1985, and it occurs over a wide area in the Midwest
fossil comes from the George Lee Collection of Southern California.
Mr. Lee accumulated a virtual where house
of fossils over thirty-five
years of self-collecting and purchasing. Most of the fossils were
acquired during the 1960s through the mid 1990s. Unfortunately,
for we collectors, many of these sites and areas are no longer
available for collecting. Therefore, many of my offerings are of
special importance, as they are now rarely available to the public.
Since Mr. Lee’s death, a few years ago, the collection has
slowly been liquidated. This fossil came from one of the last available