Deanaspis goldfussi Czech Trilobite
Order Asaphida, Superfamily Trinucleoidea, Family Trinucleidae
Letenske Formation, Letna, Czech Republic
A perfectly preserved and nicely inflated individual. The surrounding
matrix is covered with some kind of a sparkling mineral background.
A beautiful representative of the Trinucleidae. Luckily for me,
one of my Czech suppliers is also a scholar and writer who is currently
researching the Barrandian trilobite fauna. He sent me the hard
to find 1990 book by Milan Snajdr "Bohemian Trilobites".
This book provides a wonderful background on the collecting history,
paleontology, and, presents photographs of many of the species.
There are more that 1300 described species of Barrandian trilobites.
An amazing statistic when you consider the area collected is only
a few hundred square miles. Bohemia is the historical name given
to the area of central Czech Republic where these species are found.
Barrandian trilobites refer to the trilobite fauna found here. The
term comes from the seminal work done by the J. Barrnade (1799-1883)
who spent over half his life describing these trilobites and helping
establish the science of paleontology. He himself described over
300 species. Bohemian trilobites are found in the Middle, and Upper
Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian Periods. They have been
studied and collected since the mid 1700's. Their quality of preservation,
variety and scientific importance have made them most collectable
fossil pictures to enlarge