One of the highlights of a fossils dealer’s life is the
very rare opportunity to acquire fossils from an important “old” collection.
In this case, a collection amassed over a forty-year period;
mostly encompassing fossils from a focused geographic area and
time period. Here we are speaking of the Cambrian, Kinzer Formation,
of the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania. The collector had special
rights and privileges to collect at the classic Getz and Brubacker
quarries. These quarries have long since closed. The Brubacker
quarry site, now sadly a parking lot. The salient point here
is that there will be few if any trilobites excavated from the
Kinzer Formation in the future. The only ones available will
come from old collections of the last century.
getzi are very rare. I was only able to obtain this one from
the lot of Wannerias and Olenellus I
purchased. This Olenellus
has the typical Kinzer type preservation. The specimen is a rust/brown,
orange tinged color, fully prone on the rough, hard and platy Kinzer
shale. By Kinzer standards this one has excellent preservation.
It is 3D with good detail and presence. The right genal spine is
complete, though showing a bit of abrasion. The left genal spine
is partial. The tail spine in not available. The plate was cracked
and repaired. Again, this is the only O. getzi I have to offer,
so don’t let this unique opportunity slip away.
Kinzer formation was evidently a deep-water sequence on the eastern
side of the Appalachian Margin of Laurentia. These Wannerias
and Ollenids are cousins of the western Poleta and Pioche Formation
Nevadias, Olenellus and Esmeraldinas.