Rarely-seen Burgess Shale Waptia

Waptia fieldensis

Phylum Arthropoda

Geological Time: Early Cambrian (~520 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 40 mm long X 9 mm wide on a 73 mm by 53 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Burgess Shale, Stephen Formation, Burgess Pass, British Columbia, Canada

Fossil Code: AAF563

Price: $395.00 - sold

Waptia fieldensisDescription: Waptia fieldensis is an unusual bivalved arthropod that comprises some 2.5% of the Burgess Shale specimens collected. While it is most assuredly an arthropod, it is as yet unclear as to its affinities. This specimen is primarily the jointed abdomen. For more complete examples of the slightly older Chengjiang Biota, see my offerings from that locality. Coming from the famous Burgess Shale Fauna, this is a highly-desirable member which will make a fine addition to any collection of Cambrian Explosion fossils.

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