Pyritized Triarthrus Museum Trilobite with Preserved Eggs

Soft Tissue Preservation of Legs, Antennae and Eggs

Triarthrus eatoni

Trilobites Order Ptychopariida, Family Olenidae

Geological Time: Late Ordovician

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 32 mm long with 11 mm antennae on a 130 mm by 90 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lorraine Group, Whetstone Gulf Formation, Lewis County, New York

Code: E016

Price: Sold

Pyritized Triarthrus Museum Trilobite with Preserved EggsDescription: With only about a half dozen localities known, trilobites with soft tissue preservation are rare. A well-known site in the United States is Beecher’s Trilobite bed where examples of Triarthrus, Cryptolithus, and Cornuproetus are known. In 2005 a new location in Lewis County was discovered which will take its place in this select group as a site containing Triarthrus eatoni with preserved appendages. These trilobites were buried rapidly, resulting in an anoxic environment which allowed for infilling with fine-grained pyretic deposits that preserved the details seen here. The rich gold color is a striking contrast to the deep black matrix, making for a dramatic Pyritized Triarthrus Museum Trilobitespecimen available in very limited quantities. This fine example is preserved in dorsoventral aspect with limbs and antennae preserved. Note the long string like structure. This is a fecal trail which shows that all forms of organic material were capable of pyritization. These trilobites are prepared using a very fine 50 nanometer powder in order to preserve the pyrite. At the Tucson Fossil Show this year the discoverer of this site and preparator of this exceptional specimen had something new to offer: trilobites with preserved eggs. This is the first known instance of preserved eggs of the species, and most likely represents an early stage in the development of the eggs which were formed in the head and subsequently released into the environment. This was the largest and best example available this year, and I am pleased to offer it to my discerning collectors. See my other offerings for another, more affordable Triarthrus specimen.

Reference: Geology, 45(3), 2017, pp 199-202.

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Pyritized Triarthrus Museum Trilobite with Preserved Eggs

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