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Well I haven't made an actual post on here to talk about fossils and for others to share pieces of their own collections so I will consider this my true maiden voyage here on FF! Today I wanted to share my Cambrian Chinese fossils, the Paleozoic era is probably my favorite subject as a whole in paleontology. There were so many different forms of life, so many different blue prints evolution had played with to see who would be the survival of the fittest. Unfortunately here in NY, there's not a lot of Cambrian fossils, some, but certainly not as many as there are in other places. So I had to focus my attempts in collecting illusive Cambrian fossils via purchase and trade. 1. Leanchoilia illecebrosa It's from near Kunming, China from the Heilinpu Formation. Roughly 518 MYA -Smaller specimen, but has some soft tissue preservation 2. Guangweicaris spinatus It's from near Kunming as well, but the Wulongqing Formation. Roughly 514 MYA -Not a complete specimen, but it would have been on the larger side if complete 3. Isoxys auritus and Yunnanocephalus yunnanensis (Depicted in images 3, 4, and 5) From the Heilinpu Formation. Roughly 518 MYA -Probably one of my favorite pieces in my entire collection, and easily my favorite of this collection. Positive and negative of both specimen 4. Redlichia mansuyi From the Wulongqing Formation. Roughly 514 MYA -Nearly complete 5. Yunnanocephalus yunnanensis Heilinpu Formation. Roughly 518 MYA -Small, but complete specimen My next target for this collection is an Anomalocaris kunmingensis frontal appendage, which have been eluding me since starting this collection. However, I hope everyone everyone enjoyed this post and shares their own Cambrian fossils as well. Until next time! (Hopefully will have better pictures too!)
I recently got a nice deal on this Leanchoilia illecebrosa specimen from the Chengjiang biota. It looked like a dorsally compressed specimen which rarely have appendages preserved, so I was just expecting to clean up all the tool marks. However, while cleaning it up, I realized that it is in fact laterally compressed, and actually quite well preserved at that! The legs are starting to come out, and part of me is hoping that other appendages might be preserved as well. All prep is done with a needle under a magnifying light. It's going slow since I need to be very careful, but it's getting there.