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    For all you fossil gurus; a question

    Is this lil sucker a trilobite? I found this rock just outside Santa Fe, NM. There's a bunch of medium-sized shells and also crinoid stems, coral and stuff in this rock. There was a crud load of fossils where I found this one, although the only one I've suspected as being a trilobite.

    It's kinda hard to show it in this pic, but it's the thingy with ribs. I'm guessing the head got cut off or something. I read though, that the fossils of trilobites are often molted skeletons, and that heads were often missing because of this.



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    If this is a trilobite, would it be worth sending it to an expert 'excavator' to dig it out of the rock more?

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    It looks like a fern to me but I'm not a paleontologist. If it was with other sea creatures it's probably a trilobite. Unless it's a fern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drosera36 View Post
    There's a bunch of medium-sized shells and also crinoid stems, coral and stuff in this rock.
    No probably wouldn't be right if there was a fern in the ocean.

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    Paleontology was my worst class in geology, so take this with a grain of salt. It doesn't look like a trilobite to me because I don't see a middle lobe. Making it a bilobite. But you're in a state where trilobites are more common than people and, therefore, it certainly could be one. If you're going to invest either money or your own time with a Dremel to better show it off, start with a better specimen.

    edit - Ughh ... I just re-read your post and see the rock's from NM. They have plenty of fossiliferous Paleozoic rock too, but my North American geologic map is at work and I don't know what's around Santa Fe.
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    You can try contacting the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Dr. Niles Eldredge is a specialist in mid-Paleozoic phacopid trilobites.

    The second photo doesn't look much like a trilobite to me, but what do I know.

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    I somehow doubt you'll get a reply for IDing a trilobite from one of the most brilliant paleontologists / evolutionary biologists alive today.

    It definitely looks like a trilobite to me, but given the condition, I wouldn't think it would be worth excavating, since it's probably just a molt, not the whole animal.

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    I dunno. The curator staff at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History has always been helpful to students. The most common thing they do is identify insects and spiders that kids catch and bring in. Dr. Eldredge would have a research staff and interns that probably handle stuff like this. What's it going to hurt send off an email? At worst Ben would get a form letter response saying they don't handle such requests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokele View Post
    I somehow doubt you'll get a reply for IDing a trilobite from one of the most brilliant paleontologists / evolutionary biologists alive today.



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