Massive Diagonella Sponge Fossil Death Assemblage

from New York Pyritized Triarthrus Trilobite Site

Diagonella sp

Phylum Porifera, Class Hexactinellida, Family Protospongiidae

Geological Time: Late Ordovician

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Sponge fossils are 25 mm by 12 mm to 12 mm by 6 mm plus on a 255 mm by 175 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lorraine Shale, Lewis County, New York

Code: PYT126

Price: Sold

Diagonella Sponge FossilsWith 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. This is another, more uncommon member of the same location: a sponge known as Diagonella.Diagonella belongs to the family Protospongiidae, which was a group of early and primitive sponges of the Class Hexactinellida. Diagonella was attached to the sea floor by long spines at the base of the sponge. These spines are rarely preserved. The six-rayed spicules were not fused into a net, so were relatively fragile as a result. These sponges are very rare in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia ,but are also found in slightly younger deposits in Urah. Sponges are relatively uncommon in the fossil record owing to their delicacy. These are from younger Ordovician deposits, and represent the most extensive assemblage I have ever seen. See my other offerings for a smaller example of diagonella sponge fossils. The crushed oblong structure in the central section is the nautiloid cephalopod Geisonoceras.

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